As one of the most significant meetings on the world stage, the Flemington Spring racing carnival encompassed; four outstanding race days, 37 races, 26 at stakes level, over $17 million in prizemoney on offer highlighted by eight individual Group 1 races.
While no stallion recorded multiple Group 1 victories, Darley’s former shuttler stallion Street Cry came out on top, producing three individual stakes winners, while his sons Street Boss and Street Sense also finished in the frame with three stakes winners between them.
With Street Boss the only stallion currently shuttling to Australia, basing himself at Darley’s Victorian property Northwood Park, the Group 1-winning sprinting son of Street Cry was represented by Darren Weir’s Scarlet Billows (pictured above) in the Group 3 Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1400m), while classy sprinter The Quarterback produced a outstanding effort in the in the Listed Dilmah Earl Grey Stakes (1200m) to come from back in the field to record victory.
Street Cry was represented by Pierro half-sister Ambience on the opening day of the carnival, winning the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes by a space, before the filly backed up to finish third in the Group 1 VRC Oaks.
Also successful for the Dubai World Cup winner were Sea Lord in the Listed MSS Security Sprint (1200m), a race he had contested for four consecutive years while Pittsburgh Flyer (below) arrived for a narrow photo finish in the Group 3 GH Mumm Stakes on Oaks day.
Politeness, a daughter of Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense has been in red-hot form all Spring, winning two at Group 3 level before heading to the Group 1 Myer Classic on Derby day, delivering a stunning victory for owners Phil Sly and Katsumi Yoshida, before backing up seven days later in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes where she finishing an unlucky short head second.