Junoob has won the 2014 Group 2 Hill Stakes at Royal Randwick on George Main Stakes Day.
Junoob, one of three runners for trainer Chris Waller in the six horse field, jumped well from the gates and worked forward to sit off leader Honorius in the early stages before taking the lead. Rounding the corner into the home straight jockey Blake Shinn on Junoob picked up the page and pulled clear. Criterion finished second while Bagman burst through from last to claim third.
“He’s a big, free-striding horse and he can be a bit lethargic from the gates, and there was a lack of tempo prior to the race and I just didn’t want to be on the back foot and get out the back and be no chance, so I just wanted to make sure that he stepped onto the right foot,” Shinn said after the race.
“He was never going to lose; he got into a great rhythm, quickened from the 600 and he’s had some form lines behind Streama last winter, so when he got a soft run he was always going to be hard to run down.”
2014 Hill Stakes Results
|1||3||JUNOOB (GB)||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||–||3||59kg||$4|
|2||7||CRITERION (NZ)||David Payne||Corey Brown||1.8L||4||58kg||$5|
|3||2||BAGMAN||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||3.1L||5||59kg||$7|
|4||8||LA AMISTAD||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Kerrin McEvoy||3.6L||1||57kg||$7.50|
|5||5||HONORIUS||David Payne||Jeff Lloyd||3.7L||2||59kg||$19|
|6||1||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||3.8L||6||59kg||$2.80F|
|–||4||ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||James McDonald||–||0||–||–|
|–||6||MULTILATERAL (USA)||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||–||0||–||–|