Away Game a Class Above in Percy Sykes

Mark Smith - Saturday April 11

What a tough, durable top-class filly Away Game is!.

On the go since finishing a luckless fourth in the Listed Merson Cooper Stakes at Flemington back in November, the daughter of Snitzel has claimed the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes at Doomben, the Magic Millions 2yo Classic at the Gold Coast, the Group III Widden Stakes at Randwick as well as a close-up fourth in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield and a fighting second in the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill at her most recent start.

The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained filly looked fresh as a daisy when she shouldered Chianti out of the way in the closing stages of Saturday’s Group II Heineken 3 Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.

With Glen Boss in the saddle Away Game defeated the Vancouver filly Vangelic by with the Siyouni filly See You Soon back in third.

Stable representative Annabel Neasham praised Away Game’s constitution.Away Game Glen Boss images Steve Hart

“She’s been unbelievable, I think she has run every month since November. It’s a real credit to the team to keep up this long,” Neasham said.

“We have spaced her runs and we were pretty confident she came into today as good as she was in the Slipper.

“There was a bit of a query on the (heavy) track but she is just so tough.

“She’s just a bonny filly who loves being in work and I can’t wait until she turns into a three-year-old.

“I’d say she will get a break now and concentrate on the Spring.”

Glen Boss said the daughter of Snitzel has staked a claim for top two-year-old honours.

"I'm confident she just put her hand up for two-year-old of the year," Boss said.

"She has just done an incredible job.

"I said to Ciaron when I rode her on Tuesday that you just loving being on her back because she has so much enthusiasm and life.”

A $425,000 purchase by Kerri Radcliffe Bloodstock out of the Mill Park draft at the 2019 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Away Game advances her record to 4 wins and 1 second from 7 starts with earnings of $2,721,800.

She is a sister to the talented Modern Wonder the winner of the 2016 SAJC Dequetteville Stakes and was placed in the Group III MVRC Typhoon Tracy Stakes and Group III MRC Thoroughbred Club Stakes.

They are two of the five winners from as many to race out of the stakes-placed Elusive Quality (USA) mare Elusive Wonder who is a half-sister to the Listed BRC McDougall Stakes winner Tantra (Royal Academy) as well as to the dam of Listed winner Oak Park (More Than Ready) from the family of Group 1 ATC Randwick Guineas winner Inference (So You Think).

Segenhoe Stud offered a three-quarter sister to Away Game by Not A Single Doubt at the Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale, which was purchased by Aquis Farm for $580,000.

Elusive Wonder foaled her eighth consecutive filly on October 12, a daughter of Merchant Navy and was bred back to Fastnet Rock’s champion son.

 

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Race Result - Heineken 3 Percy Sykes Stakes Gr2 1200m

Randwick Track: Heavy(8) Time: 1:12.26
1
Away Game
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: G Boss 56
2f Snitzel (AUS) x Elusive Wonder (AUS) (Elusive Quality (USA))
2
1.5
Vangelic
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: Tim Clark 54
2f Vancouver (AUS) x Angel Bee (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
Vancouver
3
2.8
See You Soon
T: Jean Dubois J: Jean Van Overmeire 54
2f Siyouni (FR) x Soneva (USA) (Cherokee Run (USA))
4
3.0
Dame Giselle
T: P & P Snowden J: J B Mc Donald 57
2f I Am Invincible (AUS) x Ballet Society (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA))
5
3.2
Rock My Wand
T: Matthew Smith J: J R Collett 54
2f Wandjina (AUS) x Rose Of Montana (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
6
3.5
Forbidden Love
T: R & M Freedman J: Rachel King 54
2f All Too Hard (AUS) x Juliet's Princess (USA) (More Than Ready (USA))
7
4.2
Philizzy
T: A J Cummings J: B Avdulla 54
2f Snitzel (AUS) x Sovereign Duchess (AUS) (Last Tycoon (IRE))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $280,000
V:Westbury Stud Ltd, Karaka, NZ
B: Sun Bloodstock
8
6.4
Muntaseera
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: T Marquand 54.5
2f I Am Invincible (AUS) x Moosirra (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
9
7.6
Time Is Precious
T: G A Ryan J: J Innes Jnr 54
2f Snitzel (AUS) x Rose Of Sharon (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
10
8.9
Swats That
T: L & T Corstens J: S Clipperton 54
2f Shamus Award (AUS) x Is It A Mosquito (AUS) (Bel Esprit (AUS))
11
10.5
Mary Valley
T: S P Ryan J: R Dolan 54
2f Charge Forward (AUS) x La Chasseuse (AUS) (Lion Hunter (AUS))
12
12.1
Chianti
T: K A Lees J: K Mc Evoy 54
2f I Am Invincible (AUS) x Sweet Sanette (SAF) (Jallad (USA))
13
18.7
Jemss
T: David Payne J: G Schofield 54
2f Exosphere (AUS) x Carbon Tax (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
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