Warrnambool-trained Tosen Stardom triumphs in Emirates Stakes at Flemington

BIG EFFORT: Damian Lane riding Tosen Stardom to victory in the Emirates Stakes on Stakes Day at Flemington Racecourse. Picture: AAP/Julian Smith
BIG EFFORT: Damian Lane riding Tosen Stardom to victory in the Emirates Stakes on Stakes Day at Flemington Racecourse. Picture: AAP/Julian Smith

THE soothing salt water at Warrnambool’s Lady Bay beach helped Tosen Stardom shake off niggles to win the $2 million Emirates Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.

Tosen Stardom came with a withering run at the end of the 2000 metre race to defeat Happy Clapper and It’s Somewhat.

The Japanese-bred stallion was one of the three runners representing Darren Weir’s Warrnambool’s satellite stable in the final group one race for the four day carnival. His other runners Cliff’s Edge ran sixth and Gailo Chop finished in 11th place.

Weir’s Warrnambool foreman Jarrod McLean spoke in glowing terms of how Tosen Stardom had improved after working at the beach following a poor run in the Kennedy Mile at Flemington the previous Saturday.

“We took Tosen Stardom down to the beach for the week  after his run in the Kennedy,” McLean said.

“We trotted, cantered and swam him each day in an effort to get him over any niggles or sore spots which may occur in horses from time to time. It’s really incredible how the horses freshen up after spending time on the beach. It’s the change in environment that really helps them.”

Tosen Stardom will now head to the spelling paddock before being aimed at the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick in the autumn.

McLean said Cliff’s Edge’s effort to run sixth in the weight-for-age race was full of merit. “He was brilliant,” McLean said. “It was a brave  effort. He finished two lengths behind seasoned performers.”