Couldn't Find a Buyer at $2,750 - Runson Closes in on Half a Million

Mark Smith - Monday March 9

At the ripe old age of seven, the Leon and Troy Corstens-trained Runson rang up number one in a stakes race for the first time in Monday’s Listed Matrice Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville.

A second consecutive winner of the race for John Allen, Runson jumped to the front and led at every call to defeat Amberdi  (Ambidexter) by a short-neck with Beautiful Flyer (Solo Flyer) a neck back in third.

The son of Delzao was winning for the first time since October 2018.

“Back to the home state it’s nice to get a winner, Troy Corstens said.

“The team at home have done a magnificent job. He’s a horse that has had two operations.

“It’s no secret he had a lung infection at the end of last preparation. We really wanted to get him right and back on track.”

Bred and part-owned by Janet Gaist and Peter Harris of Manner Lodge Thoroughbreds, Runson could not make his paltry $2,500 at the 2013 Great Southern Weanling Sale.

All’s well that ends well as the son of Delzao advances his record to 10 wins 4 seconds and 3 thirds from 38 starts with earnings of $447,300.

He is the best of four winners from as many to race out of the good-class Last Tycoon mare Runs On Dreams a Sydney winner of four races and a sister to the Group III BATC Coca-Cola Classic and GCTC Magic Millions 2YO Classic runner-up Flying Tycoon.

Runs On Dreams has a 2yo Fighting Sun filly named Runsir and was covered by Lean Mean Machine last spring.

Runson becomes the first stakes winner for Encosta de Lago’s Group II MVRC John F Feehan Stakes winner Delzao.



Race Result - Terry Howe Printing Matrice LR 1200m

Morphettville Track: Good(3) Time: 1:08.96
T: L & T Corstens J: John Allen 56
7g Delzao (AUS) x Runs On Dreams (AUS) (Last Tycoon (IRE))
T: Ms S Jaensch J: P Gatt 54
5m Ambidexter (AUS) x Double Daian (AUS) (Blevic (AUS))
Beautiful Flyer
T: L A Jarvis J: J Potter 54
7m Solo Flyer (AUS) x Blow The Budget (AUS) (Luskin Star (AUS))
Hard Empire
T: R & C Jolly J: Jake Toeroek 59
6g Hard Spun (USA) x Last Quill (AUS) (Last Tycoon (IRE))
T: T & C McEvoy J: J Holder 55
4m Smart Missile (AUS) x Sequin (AUS) (Lure (USA))
Arkham Knight
T: J F Macmillan J: D Dunn 56
6g Reaan (AUS) x Cashel House (AUS) (Grass Wonder (USA))
T: Will Clarken J: Todd Pannell 54.5
4m Canford Cliffs (IRE) x Zabillie (AUS) (Zabeel (NZ))
Queen Annabel
T: Ms R Kelly J: Jamie Kah 54
6m Bel Esprit (AUS) x Queen Trice (AUS) (Keltrice (AUS))
Fleet Review
T: Alexander Rae J: Damian Lane 57
5h War Front (USA) x A Star Is Born (IRE) (Galileo (IRE))
Free Of Debt
T: Chris Bieg J: Jye McNeil 54.5
3c Unencumbered (AUS) x Stagerush (AUS) (Giant's Causeway (USA))
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