Hurtle Myrtle Wins 2011 Sapphire Stakes – Randwick Results

April 9th, 2011

Hurtle Myrtle

Hurtle Myrtle causes upset to win the Sapphire Stakes

Hurtle Myrtle has won the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes on Randwick’s AJC Australian Derby Day today April 9, 2011.

The four-year-old mare had only won one of her previous 12 starts coming into this race and had not finished better than seventh during this current preparation.

However, the Dane Shadow mare has now added a very valuable Group win to her name and has taken her career earnings to almost $265,000.

Hurtle Myrtle won the $175,000 Sapphire Stakes by just over a length ahead of Kimillsy, who finished in second, and Marquardt who ran home for third.

The mare paid long odds of $21 for the win at Luxbet, while favourite Graceful Anna was unable to finish in the placings.

Hurtle Myrtle’s trainer, Matthew Smith, was proud of the efforts of his gutsy mare.

“When they’ve had a year off it’s sometimes hard to get them back where you want to have them,” Smith said.

“She trialled super and is back to her best.”

Jockey Damien Oliver said he knew right away that Hurtle Myrtle was going to win the race.

“Once I peeled off their backs I thought she was going to be hard to beat,” he said.

Oliver was happy to have saluted on the same day as champion Black Caviar graced Randwick Racecourse, but said the extra interest has caused him some problems.

“There was a bit of traffic coming to the races today, I almost missed my first ride,” Oliver said.

Hurtle Myrtle was due to be auctioned at the Inglis Australian Easter Broodmare Sale next week, however, that is sure to be reconsidered after her Group winning performance today.

Photo courtesy (c) Steve Hart Photographics