Battle Hero Too Quick Again


Battle Hero has capped off an outstanding day for the Chris Gangemi stable, taking out the Jeff Mouritz Gas&Air Cyril Flower Stakes at Ascot this afternoon.

Just three hours after Rock Magic ran a game fourth behind Redkirk Warrior in the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington, Battle Hero recorded his third Listed race win this campaign in the Cyril Flower Stakes.

With the pattern of racing on the day favouring those on speed, jockey Jarrad Noske allowed the seven-year-old to stride to the lead in the early stages.

Despite carrying the topweight of 60kg, Battle Hero never looked like being caught in the home straight and ran away to record a comprehensive two-and-a-quarter length win over Royal Missile while Infathuated finished third.

Noske said he held concerns about the weight Battle Hero had to carry, but was relieved to get the in-form galloper home.

“It was another good win,” he said.

“I was a little bit worried about the 60kg, but I thought dropping back 100m would help.

“I thought the horses on the lightweights would be flashing home late, but he held them off.”

In carrying 60kg to victory, Battle Hero broke Herron Bridge’s weight carrying record in the race.

Part-owner of Rock Magic and Battle Hero Michael Gangemi confirmed the Cyril Flower Stakes victor would now likely head to the paddock for a short break.

The day got even better later on for the Gangemi stable, with Jingtang taking out the Bonaire Evap Cooling Handicap (1000m).

Jingtang was given the charm run by jockey Shaun Mc Gruddy following leader and the eventual second placegetter Atacama Sky.

Mc Gruddy then peeled off the heels of the leader and wore him down in the closing stages.

The Gangemi stable have another chance for blacktype success this weekend, with Eleven Seconds expected to start a short price favourite in the Listed Bull And Bush Tavern Cup (2019m) at Bunbury tomorrow afternoon.

Tim Walker




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