The rise and rise of the Dan Morton trained Red Ora ($2.10) continued at Ascot this Valentine’s Day, as the classy conveyance made it five wins from five starts taking out the $100,000 Magic Millions Perth 3YO Trophy 1200m.
Buried away on the fence leading to the turn, jockey William Pike was able to push off the rail at the top of the straight before dashing to the line to score an emphatic ¾ length triumph.
Fire Born ($12.00) finished off well into second, ¾ length clear of the luckless Rommel ($4.00) in third.
Leading the celebrations for “The Red Backs”, breeder/owner Gray Williamson was all smiles after the landslide victory as the army of connections again shook the grandstand following another dazzling display from the Due Sasso gelding.
Speaking for the ecstatic owners after the race, Morton said “it’s fantastic – they’re all ex-school mates from Aquinas – they’re probably the biggest group of people on-course so far, and you probably heard them”.
Williamson reinforced the comments saying “having all your class-mates around in a horse and having it get over the line like that – it’s something else”.
It was the first leg of a riding double for Pike, who would later salute in a last dive effort aboard Neverland ($4.40) in the $100,000 Listed Challenge Stakes 1500m for trainer Grant Williams.