AUSTRALIAN Bloodstock (AB) was eyeing the $1 million Memsie Stakes (1400m) for Caulfield Cup hopeful Sixties Groove after his breakthrough win on Saturday.
Sixties Groove was one of six winners for jockey Craig Williams at Flemington and one of three in the city for Hunter syndicators AB.
The Darren Weir-trained Sixties Groove powered to a 3¼-length win over 2000m after a close second seven days earlier. It was the import’s first win in four Australian starts
“He's a lovely horse,” Williams said. “I love the way he accelerated and quickened away from them."
AB director Luke Murrell said Sixties Groove would likely have one more start before a short break into the September 1 Memsie, where they could also run Japanese import Danon Liberty.
AB also won with the Kris Lees-trained Princess Posh and Hallelujah Boy at Doomben. Murrell said Princess Posh may next chase a black-type win in Queensland, while Hallelujah Boy could target the Gosford and Newcastle Cups.
AAP reports: Newcastle trainer Kris Lees signalled he would be an even greater force in Brisbane after winning with Posh Princess ($3.30) and Hallelujah Boy ($1.50) at Doomben.
Lees has had a consistent numbers of winners in Brisbane in recent years but expects to be a more regular visitor in the new season.
His travelling foreman Cameren Swan said the stable was keen to free up some more of its horses to head north.
"We plan to bring them up to (trainer) Mel Eggleston's on the Gold Coast and run them from there," he said.
"Kris will be picking the right races for them. If we have the right horses we will come."
Swan said Posh Princess had been a very consistent mare and her six wins had now pushed her prize money towards $300,000.
"Hallelujah Boy also shows a lot of promise and there are more wins ahead for him."
Both winners were ridden Damian Browne who will be doing a lot of the riding for Lees.
The Lees-trained and Australian Bloodstock-owned Aliferous also won at Newcastle.