Australian Oaks ‘Unforgettable’

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Unforgotten | Bronwen Healy

Long-priced favourite Unforgotten highlighted three stakes wins on the card for her sire Fastnet Rock while also opening a Group 1 triple for Chris Waller and a double for Hugh Bowman. Unforgotten went unbeaten in three starts in the spring from 1250 to 1500 metres and has continued to excel as the trips have increased. She most recently finished a good second to Hiyaam in the G1 Vinery Stud. S. on Mar. 31 before turning the tables over the longer trip on Saturday. Biding her time midfield while saving ground as Hiyaam set an uncontested pace, Unforgotten and Bowman swung five-wide off the turn. Hiyaam put up a valiant fight but Unforgotten wore her down passing the 100-metre mark to win with relative ease. Bowman was winning the Oaks for the third straight year.

“She’s a lovely filly,” said Bowman. “We had a slight concern of her running a strong mile and a half, it was a staying test today and this filly came through with flying colours. Who knows what’s in store for her in the future.”

Pedigree Notes…

Unforgotten is the fourth foal out of Memories Of You (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), a daughter of the dual Group 1-placed Most Precious (Nureyev), whose four stakes winners were headed by the G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches winner Matiara (Fr) (Bering {GB}). Memories Of You was barren for two years after producing Unforgotten, and last year she produced a colt foal by Coolmore shuttler No Nay Never. Click for the free Arion.co.nz catalogue-style pedigree.

Saturday, Royal Randwick, Australia
AJC AUSTRALIAN OAKS-G1, A$1,114,500 (US$865,643/£608,009/€701,688), ATC, 4-14, Open Set, 3yo, f, 2400mT, 2:27.21, gd.
1–UNFORGOTTEN, 56.0, f, 3, by Fastnet Rock
                1st Dam: Memories of You (Ire), by Galileo (Ire)
                2nd Dam: Most Precious (USA), by Nureyev (USA)
                3rd Dam: Miss Summer (Ire), by Luthier (Fr)
1ST GROUP 1 WIN. (NZ$360,000 Ylg 2016 NZB National
Yearling Sale). O-Magic Bloodstock Racing (Mgr: P G Tighe), C J
Waller, F W Cook, Mrs C M Cook, N A Greenhalgh, Mrs M T
Greenhalgh, R Shrimpton, Mrs C Shrimpton, I Bruce, R Smith, P
Y W Ng, K H Warr; B-Roncon (NSW); T-C J Waller; J-J Bowman;
A$694,500. Lifetime Record: 9-5-2-0, A$1,095,520. Click for
   the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Werk Nick Rating:
   A+++. *Triple Plus*.
2–Hiyaam (NZ), 56.0, f, 3, by High Chaparral (Ire)
                1st Dam: Mazarine (NZ), by Zabeel (NZ)
                2nd Dam: Marquise (NZ), by Gold and Ivory
                3rd Dam: Eight Carat (GB), by Pieces of Eight II (Ire)
O-Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum; B-Sheikh
Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum (NZ); T-M G Price; J-M J
Dee; A$190,000.
3–Miss Admiration, 56.0, f, 3, by Sebring
                1st Dam: Admiring, by Street Cry (Ire)
                2nd Dam: Ballet Girl (Aus), by Covetous (Aus)
                3rd Dam: Nimble Doll (NZ), by Three Legs (GB)
(A$210,000 Ylg 2016 WI Sydney Easter Yearling Sale).
O-Segenhoe Thoroughbreds Australia Syndicate (Mgr: K W
Maloney), A C Lloyd Jones, Dad Racing Syndicate (Mgr: D
Marulli), A D Powick, Beautiful Sell Syndicate (Mgr: C A
McDonald), B A; B-G & G Bloodstock Australia Pty Ltd (WA);
T-M G Price; J-D Oliver; A$98,000.
Margins: 1, 2 1/4, 1. Odds: 3.00, 3.60, 100.00.
Also Ran: Bring Me Roses, Savvy Coup (NZ), Danzdanzdance, Aloisia (NZ), Chilly Cha Cha (NZ), Contessa Vanessa (NZ), She’s a
Treasure (NZ), Luvaluva (NZ), Wild Sea, Naivasha.
Click for the Racing Post chart. NSW Video.

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