There were no winning results over the weekend but still plenty of Curraghmore graduates to be proud of.
Unforgotten (Fastnet Rock) ran a creditable fourth in the Gr.1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on Saturday. She was very brave in holding ground and impressed jockey Hugh Bowman who remarked he was "very proud of her" following the race.
Tribal Wisdom (Makfi) was resuming in the Gr.1 The Galaxy (1100m) after an 11 month layoff and put in an encouraging run to finish 6.6L off the winner Nature Strip. Jockey Jay Ford was encouraged by the run and was full of praise for the five-year-old gelding.
“I don’t think he went that bad," Ford said. "He failed in the ground terribly, but he feels a million dollars. He’s been off the scene a long time, so I wouldn’t judge him too harshly on that.”
Rodrico (High Chaparral) appeared to feel the effect of a hard run last start when runner up in the Gr.3 Sky High Stakes (2000m) and never finished off his run in the Gr.3 N E Manion Cup (2400m).
Hopefully he pulls up ok and continues on to The Championships next month.
On Sunday night Goko (O'Reilly continued his run of good form finishing second at Sha Tin. The five-year-old gelding, from the same crop as Tribal Wisdom, has run in the money at each of his last three starts.
As a footnote it was a great thrill to see Loving Gaby run fourth in the Gr.1 Golden Slipper (1200m). Loving Gaby is a daughter of Maastricht who was raised at Curraghmore and sold through their 2013 New Zealand Bloodstock draft.
This is also the family of Listed Southland Guineas(1600m) winner Weaponry and it is always great to see these New Zealand families feature in Australian Group One race performers (think Winx!).