Faint Perfume Wins 2010 Kewney Stakes

March 8th, 2010

As a damaging storm brimming with hail and heavy rainfall made its way towards Flemington Racecourse, the Super Saturday of Racing managed to run six of the scheduled races including the $400, 000 Group 2 Tabcorp Kewney Stakes (1400m) where Bart Cummings’ brilliant filly Faint Perfume claimed another Group race victory.

Winner of the VRC Crown Oaks last start back in November, Faint Perfume ($5.50) made an excellent return to racing this season in the Kewney Stakes when she beat home roughie Response ($31) by three quarters of a length with John Thompson’s No Evidence Needed ($13) in third.

Ridden by Michael Rodd, Faint Perfume sat near the back of the pack early on before sprinting down the middle of the field in impressive style to come away with her first-up win. With the victory Faint Perfume became the first filly in over 20 years to win the Kewney Stakes first up.

Race favourite, the Peter Snowden-trained Trim ($4) finished a close fourth just ahead of second elect Irish Lights ($4.40) in one of the narrowest top six finishes with only two lengths separating the first six fillies to the post.

Legendary trainer Cummings’ was blessed with his third Kewney Stakes’ victory over the past two decades following his success with Reganza (1990) and Tristalove (1994).

A number of big future races are being considered for the impressive Shamardal filly with Cummings’ and Faint Perfume’s owner Dato Tan Chin Nam looking towards either the $1.3million Group 1 AJC Derby (2400m) on April 10 or the $350, 000 Group 1 AJC Australian Oaks on April 17 as her next feature this autumn before embarking on a Caulfield & Melbourne Cups spring campaign.

Following the 2010 Kewney Stakes, the highly anticipated Group 1 Newmarket Handicap gave Peter Moody’s Wanted his maiden Group 1 win, before the remainder of the meeting had to be cancelled due to the freakish weather.

The remaining two Group 1 features originally scheduled to run at Flemington on Saturday, the $1million Australian Cup and the $750, 000 Australian Guineas, have been transferred onto this Saturday’s Blamey Stakes race card.

2010 Tabcorp Kewney Stakes Results:

Placing

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

1
FAINT PERFUME
Bart Cummins Michael Rodd
2
RESPONSE
Steve Richards Steven King
3
NO EVIDENCE NEEDED
John P Thompson Craig Williams
4
TRIM
Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy
5
IRISH LIGHTS
David Hayes Glen Boss
6
GIGAS
Gai Waterhouse Brad Rawiller
7
ROSTOVA
Steve Richards Steven King
8
EUROPA POINT
Lee Freedman Damien Oliver
9
BABY CORN
Lee Freedman Dwayne Dunn
10
FORMALITE
Shane Fliedner Ben Melham