Promising stayer Arctic Shock continued a rich vein of form by Ontrack horses with a tremendous performance at Moonee Valley.
The New Zealand-bred mare stepped out over 2000 metres for the first time in her four-year-old preparation and scored thanks to a great Craig Williams ride.
Arctic Shock’s win was the sixth by runners in the all gold this November.
“The win continued a great run of form for Ontrack horses with winners in November being Tactical Move, Sparkling Facet, Boss Rock, Brazen Gem and Invincore,” said Ontrack Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“It’s always a thrill to win a race, but some of these wins have been especially pleasing because they have been the result of a lot of careful planning and hard work.
“Arctic Shock’s been a steady improver this time in and her prep has resulted in two wins and three placings from her seven starts this season.
“We bought her out of the 2017 Premier Sale in New Zealand hoping to secure a nice staying horse and it looks like she’s got a bright future over ground.
“She was an unlucky third in the Group Three Alexandra Stakes behind Princess Jenni over 1600 metres at Moonee Valley as a three-year-old so she’s staring to build up a very nice record.
“Being by Melbourne Cup winner Shocking out of a Group Three winner in Art Beat, it means she’s going to be a mare who simply gets better with age and racing experience so we will give her a break now and let her recharge her batteries for next year.
“There will be some nice targets for her in the autumn and she could be a mare who would run well in the Queensland winter carnival.
“For now, she’s done a great job for John and Chris Meagher and her record is 13 starts for three wins, seven placings and earnings of $121,000 so there’s plenty of reasons to be optimistic about her future,” said Grant Morgan.
Successful rider Craig Williams was having his first sit on the mare and post-race was full of praise.
“She’s a different mare to ride and you can see why the stable has experimented with different gear on her but she is a talented mare.
“It was a very good win and it’s onwards and upwards for her and she’s definitely a mare capable of picking up some good Black Type races next preparation,” said Craig Williams.
Congratulations to our owners: Let It Ride Syndicate (Manager Peter Ivanovski), David and Sue Worthley, Richard Stuckey, Lillian Brady OAM, O G P I C Syndicate (Manager Andrew Hawken), Leigh Holt, Lynne Brook, Edgecorp Syndicate (Manager Colin Bracken), Mark Ostermeyer, Prof James Dale AO, Vin Harink, Ailsa Morrison-Galt, Andrew Hall, Harley Hodgson, Money Team Racing (Manager Bri Hourigan), Andrew Dean, Peter Bailey Garry Batchelder Paul Blair Stephen Carroll, Zoran Havranek, Rob Hill, Andrew Kostopoulos, Sam Politi, Dan Slater, Ken Stocks, Rob Wesley.