Medaglia d'Oro's Asiago Claims the Kembla Classic in a Thriller

Mark Smith - Friday March 13

Despite drifting alarmingly in betting, Godolphin’s Medaglia d’Oro (USA) filly Asiago carried her topweight to a last stride win against a competitive field of three-year-old fillies in Friday’s $200,000 Group III Carlton Draught Kembla Classic (1600m) at Kembla Grange.

In a blanket finish with a length covering the first seven across the line, Hugh Bowman weaved a passage between runners on Asiago to score a short-head win over the Not A Single Doubt filly Shout The Bar who met defeat for the first time at her third start, although it will do no harm to her full-sister who will be in the Segenhoe draft heading to the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

The Sacred Falls filly All Saints' Eve was a long-head back in third.Asiago - image Steve Hart

Trained by James Cummings, Asiago was making just her second start since winning the Group III NJC Spring Stakes (1600m) at Newcastle on November 16.

The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro (USA) hold entries for the Group 1 Coolmore Legacy (1600m) and the Group 1 ATC Australian Oaks (2400m) and Bowman believes she can run the Classic distance.

“She came here with good credentials, but she had to make her own luck because she never got much room in the straight,” Bowman said.

“I thought I had the sought of horse to maneuverer through that tight run and she was very game, it was a top effort.

“I think she has Oaks written all over here. I don’t even know what her pedigree is, I should have done my homework before riding her, but she will eat up 2000 metres and I think she will go beyond that but the team will work out what the plans are for her but she certainly has a bright future.”

  Asiago is the third winner and first stakes-winner out of the very talented Disputes (Manton) who was kept at distances up to a mile winning the Listed ATC Reginald Allen Hcp and placed in the Listed AJC Gimcrack Stakes.

There is more confidence that Asiago will run the Oaks distance through Disputes’ half-sister Divorces  (Domesday) who won the Group III MRC Thousand Guineas Prelude and Listed Gold Coast Bracelet and placed in eight stakes races including the Group 1 AJC Champagne Stakes and was fourth in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks won by Scarlett Lady.

Disputes has a yearling filly and filly foal by Iffraaj (GB) but missed to Ribchester (IRE) last spring.



Race Result - Carlton Draught Kembla Classic Gr3 1600m

Kembla Grange Track: Good(4) Time: 1:36.10
T: James Cummings J: J Bowman 56
3f Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x Disputes (AUS) (Manton (AUS))
Shout The Bar
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: A Hyeronimus 54
3f Not A Single Doubt (AUS) x Drinks All Round (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
All Saints' Eve
T: J A O'Shea J: B Avdulla 54
3f Sacred Falls (NZ) x Halloween (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Missile Mantra
T: P & P Snowden J: K Mc Evoy 55
3f Smart Missile (AUS) x Wecansay Mak (AUS) (Starcraft (NZ))
T: C J Waller J: Tommy Berry 54
3f Rip Van Winkle (IRE) x Notice Received (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
T: Brad Widdup J: C Reith 54
3f Sacred Falls (NZ) x Fabulist (NZ) (Savabeel (AUS))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $150,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: John Foote Bloodstock
T: Brad Widdup J: J B Mc Donald 55
3f Snitzel (AUS) x Asterix (JPN) (Neo Universe (JPN))
Dorothy Of Oz
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: S Clipperton 54
3f Redoute's Choice (AUS) x Princess Coup (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Game Of Thorns
T: K A Lees J: Tim Clark 54
3f Animal Kingdom (USA) x Only Roses (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
T: C J Waller J: J R Collett 54
3f Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Julinsky Princess (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA))
Strange Charm
T: A J Cummings J: Jean Van Overmeire 54
3f Casino Prince (AUS) x Agnesar (AUS) (Agnes World (USA))
T: G A Ryan J: Rachel King 54
3f Adelaide (IRE) x Kylie (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Pierro Rose
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: Ms W Costin 54
3f Pierro (AUS) x Rose Of Sharon (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
T: A J Cummings J: Mitchell Bell 55
3f Eurozone (AUS) x Reglisse (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
T: K J Parker J: J Ford 54
3f Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) x Cannolina (GB) (Dubawi (IRE))
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