Satin Shoes back to her best in Ortensia Stakes
May 18, 2013
Classy mare Satin Shoes (Flying Spur – Star Satire, by Volksraad) scored a deserved victory when she produced a fighting performance in the Listed Ortensia Stakes (1100m) at Scone.
Satin Shoes posted her previous victory at Caulfield in October 2011 but the grand mare finished second in four Group 2 events, including the Challenge Stakes and Premiere Stakes, in the period between her successes.
The Flying Spur (Danehill – Rolls, by Mr Prospector) mare trialled well leading up to the Ortensia Stakes, which was her first run back from a freshen following the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes on April 13.
In-form rider Blake Shinn partnered Satin Shoes, riding her positively to take a forward position on the back of the early leader Zaratone (Zariz – Comeback Queen, by King’s Theatre) before hitting the lead halfway down the long Scone home straight.
Satin Shoes showed plenty of heart to defeat the consistent Anise by a neck while Border Rebel (Johannesburg – Frontier, by Flying Spur) finished strongly for third.
"Jimmy Cassidy used to ride her and said she was better ridden with a sit but I was convinced that she runs her best races when you allow her to roll," Conners said.
"I told that to Blake and he rode her a treat."
Satin Shoes fetched $700,000 at the 2010 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale but the grand four-year-old’s latest win took her stakes tally past the $800,000 mark.
The daughter of Flying Spur won the Group 2 Silver Slipper (1100m) as a two-year-old while she was also successful in the Listed Widden Stakes and Listed Quezette Stakes (1100m).
Congratulations to Satin Shoes’s owner – Dr Edmund Bateman and Belinda Bateman
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