Pressday Wins 2010 Champagne Classic Ahead of Spirit Of Boom & Buffering

May 24th, 2010

In a sensational day of racing for Chris Waller, the Rosehill-based mentor secured his second of three wins at Doomben on Saturday in the $150,000 Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) with promising two-year-old Pressday.

Domesday colt Pressday ($8.50) managed a tidy 1 ¼ length victory ahead of consistent Queensland colt Spirit Of Boom ($7) with the previously undefeated local hero Buffering ($5) a further 1 ½ lengths back in third.

Third placegetter Buffering, who was attempting five successive wins, still ran a gutsy race as he set the pace early and fought on strongly to finish off the trifecta.

Equal favourites starting at $4.60 Adebisi and Smokin’ Joey were not disgraced finishing fourth and fifth respectively; Lee Freedman’s Smokin’ Joey sure to improve and impress over a longer distance.

The lightly raced Pressday, purchased by Waller for $38,000 at the 2009 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, has now won two of his four career starts for $136,650 in prizemoney and after showing his potential in the Champagne Classic on Saturday, will have a run in the $250,000 Group 2 Sire’s Produce Stakes (1400m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday June 5.

Pressday will continue on to the other two-year-old races at the Brisbane Carnival

If all goes well and Pressday impresses again in the Sire’s Produce, Waller will back him up in the most prestigious two-year-olds’ race at the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, the $500,000 Group 1 TJ Smith (1600m) the following week on Stradbroke Handicap Day.

Earlier in the day on Saturday Waller’s impressive three-year-old colt Stryker kick started his trainer’s success with a win in the $125,000 Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m). Then after the Champagne Classic Waller took out the headline event of the day, the $500,000 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2020m) with Metal Bender, also taking home the third prize in the Cup with fellow stable star Triple Honour.

Waller has plenty of other runners starting in the major races throughout the remainder of the carnival, so get behind the in-form trainer and his horses at Ladbrokes.com.au now!

Results for the 2010 Bollinger Champagne Classic:

Place

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

SP

Margin

1
PRESSDAY
Chris Waller N Rawiller $8.50
2
SPIRIT OF BOOM
Tony Gollan S Katsidis $7 1.3
3
BUFFERING
Robert Heathcote L Cassidy $5 2.8
4
ADEBISI
Desleigh Forster S Scriven $4.60EF 3.0
5
SMOKIN’ JOEY
Lee Freedman D Dunn $4.60EF 3.4
6
BROADWAY HARMONY
Darren Weir D Nikolic $11 3.5
7
JESSE’S GIRL
Peter Morgan B Shinn $15 3.7
8
DEMANDING MISS
Barry Baldwin C Munce $19 4.5
9
DEVINARDI
Trevor Bailey D Griffin $41 4.8
10
SECESSION
Peter Snowden K McEvoy $12 6.3
11
CHOSEN TO FLY
Mick Mair M A Hughes $91 7.6
12
FASHION
Clarry Conners J Byrne $16 7.8
13
DIVINE SCENT
Tony Crane M J Cahill $41 9.3
14
STICKSY
Murray Thompson M J Walker $151 12.3
15
POSH CHICK
Kevin Moses T Clark $31 13.6
16
HIDDEN TREASURE
Mark F Webb S Seamer $101 18.1
Scratched:
AUDACIOUS SPIRIT
GENERAL SHAREEF
MISS ORIELLE
PLAYACTION
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