Ofcourseican has continued her good 2012 form by winning her first ever Group 1 race in today’s 2012 Coolmore Classic at Sydney’s Rosehill Gardens.
The Ron Quinton trained mare was involved in a tight finish but proved too good on the day to finish ahead of Secret Admirer and King’s Rose.
Steps In Time ran courageously to lead the 1500 metre race until half way down the straight when the three front runners picked up the pace.
Almost simultaneously the horses accelerated but with Kathy O’Hara in the saddle, Ofcourseican was just good enough to hold on for a nail-biting victory over Secret Admirer.
It was the first ever Group 1 winning ride for O’Hara and she was over the moon with the result.
“I’m just thrilled to bits to win this race,” O’Hara said.
She was full of praise for trainer Quinton who himself was a former Coolmore Classic winner as a jockey.
“He’s just great to ride for. You go out there and he fills you with confidence,” she said.
“He doesn’t over instruct you and he’s got plenty of faith in his riders.”
Quinton said it was probably a more special moment to win the prized race as a trainer than it was as a jockey.
“To train a winner of it is pretty special,” Quinton said.
“She’s a wonderful [and] talented galloper,” Quinton said.
“She’s got the job done today which is great.”
Coming into the race the five-year-old was in good form having won the Liverpool City Cup.
Today’s win was by far the most significant of a decent career that now boasts eight wins from 26 starts.
Heavily backed favourite Steps In Time finished eighth while much-hyped Guy Walter trained horse Streama came home in fifth place.
The best odds for the rest of the Sydney Carnival can be found at the Australian owned bookmaker.com.au.
2012 Coolmore Classic – Results
|1||8||OFCOURSEICAN||Ron Quinton||Ms Kathy O’Hara||–||7||53.5kg||$13|
|2||1||SECRET ADMIRER||Grahame Begg||Brenton Avdulla||0.2L||6||58kg||$11|
|3||2||KING’S ROSE (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||0.4L||5||57.5kg||$5|
|4||4||YOSEI||Stuart Webb||Ms Michelle Payne||1.4L||10||55.5kg||$13|
|5||5||STREAMA||Guy Walter||Hugh Bowman||3.1L||9||55kg||$5.50|
|6||12||ALBERTON PARK (NZ)||John O’Shea||Tommy Berry||3.3L||3||52kg||$16|
|7||11||FOXSTAR||Guy Walter||Corey Brown||3.6L||2||52kg||$31|
|8||6||STEPS IN TIME||John O’Shea||Jim Cassidy||4.1L||12||55kg||$3.90F|
|9||3||RED TRACER||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||4.6L||8||55.5kg||$8|
|10||10||BLISS STREET||Daniel Morton||Craig Newitt||6L||4||52kg||$31|
|11||9||LADYS ANGEL||Joseph Pride||Christian Reith||7.3L||11||52kg||$51|
|12||13||DO RA MI (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Peter Robl||10.4L||13||52kg||$71|
|13||14||TOMBOY||Robert Heathcote||Craig Williams||15.5L||1||52kg||$31|