Corey shines as stayer shows class, Waller filly impresses
JUST Shine gave champion jockey Corey Brown just one moment of concern before powering home to win at Royal Randwick.
"At the 600m he just faded under me for a little bit when he hit a heavy spot,'' Brown said.
"I gave him a slap with the whip and got away from the rail.
"Once I did that he just ambled up to them - he was very impressive.''
In an exciting finish, Just Shine finished strongly to defeat a smart winter field and take out the Wallaby Cup (1800m).
The Clare Cunningham-trained Just Shine, well backed into $6, reeled in a game Carzoff ($11) to win by three-quarters of a length with the luckless Curragh ($9) two lengths away third.
Brown, who rides at the Grafton Cup Carnival this week before leaving for a European holiday that will culminate with him riding for the Rest of the World team in the Shergar Cup at Ascot in England next month, completed a winning treble on Just Shine after earlier wins on Helaku and Ombudsman.
"I rode this horse in a barrier trial at Hawkesbury the other day and Clare told me the horse would be lacklustre out the back,'' Brown said.
"So, I gave him a sharpen-up and he picked up and took the lead before the home turn.
"He gave me the feel of a good, winter-class horse in that trial and it was no surprise to me that he came out and won today.
"There is no reason why he can't go right on with it, too.''
Just Shine improved his impressive second-up statistics in recording his third win from four attempts and remains unbeaten in three starts at Randwick, including two at the 1800m course.
With the trainer having a mid-year break in Darwin, her sister and stable representative Sarah Cunningham said the gelding should continue to improve with racing.
"Just Shine is a real nice, progressive horse,'' she said.
"He has been a bit of a late bloomer but Clare has given him time and has come back in great order.
"Corey rode him very well and that was a good win today. I think he is in for a nice preparation.''
Carzoff ran a blinder first-up from a spell while Curragh had a luckless run held up behind horses until well inside the final 200m before he finished strongly to claim the minor prize.
FILLY NAVIGATES PATH TO SPECIAL VICTORY
SEAHAMPTON has always had a boom on her and we understand why after her win at Royal Randwick.
The Chris Waller-trained filly looked to be in a hopeless position at the top of the straight but she unleashed a stunning surge to score a last-stride win in the TAB Rewards Handicap (1400m).
Waller prepared a race-to-race double after with promising three-year-olds after producing Ombudsman to score in the previous race.
Seahampton was going to the races for just her fifth start, scoring her second win - and on the evidence of this effort it won't be her last.
The daughter of leading stallion Sebring, the talented Seahampton ($5.50) flew home down the outside to catch outsider Excelsior ($41) right on the line to win by neck. Early leader Oria ($4.80 favourite) was nearly a length away third.
The first two placegetters were wide apart on the line but Tim Clark, rider of Seahampton, felt his filly had arrived in time to score an impressive win.
"Seahampton has done a really nice job,'' Clark said.
"She is probably a bit better than this time of year but it is important to get her rating up and earn some prizemoney for the better races next season.''
Jay Ford, rider of Oria, said the favourite ran her usual honest race but feels the 1400m tests the filly's stamina reserves.