Girl Sunday’s thrilling Melbourne Cup Day win at Randwick continued Ontrack Thoroughbred’s enviable record of winning races on the day that stops a nation.
Trainer Gerald Ryan produced a training masterclass when he produced Girl Sunday to win over 1300 metres off a spell of nearly six months to take her record to three wins and three placings from only eight starts.
For Ontrack’s CEO Grant Morgan winning a race on Melbourne Cup Day is something to treasure.
“Faster Son won at debut on the Gold Coast a few seasons back and Invincible Heart won a $100,000 race at Flemington on Cup Day last year, so it was a great thrill to snare another win at Randwick this year.
“Melbourne Cup Day really is unrivalled as the most important day’s racing in Australia and it’s great for the connections of any horse to win on such a big day.”
Grant Morgan bought Girl Sunday out of the 2014 Inglis Premier Sale and she was one of two yearlings by Encosta de Lago he purchased out of that sale.
“The other yearling raced as Asera and was a winner in Victoria from Mick Price’s stable before being purchased to race in Singapore. I’ve always been a great fan of Encosta de Lago and I think his legacy will continue for many years to come as his daughters star as broodmares.
“Girl Sunday is out of a Cape Cross mare so we always expected she would make considerable progress from her three-year-old year and it looks like she has come back in great order for her four-year-old season.
“The plan is to try and work her through to some black type races and one option could be to pick out some lower tier races in Queensland to earn her listed and black type ranking which is very important with these well-bred mares.”
Grant Morgan praised both trainer Gerald Ryan and apprentice Andrew Adkins for Girl Sunday's win.
“It really was a case of the master and the apprentice wasn’t it? Gerald has trained for Ontrack for many years and he produced Girl Sunday in fantastic order for a first-up win over 1300 metres and that is not an easy thing to do. Gerald has long been one of Sydney’s best trainers and he revealed all his skills by having our mare ready to perform over what is often a tricky distance for fresh horses.
“He also pulled the right rein in using Andrew’s two kilo claim and this possible made the difference between winning and losing.
“Andrew rode the mare extremely well and showed maturity when he elected to press forward with Girl Sunday when another jockey pushed off the fence and threatened to post our mare three wide.”
Congratulations to the winning connections of Girl Sunday: Lang Brothers Racing (Stuart and Matthew Lang), Pam and Amanda Bayles, Lucky Nine Racing Brett and Damien Grogan, Ricky Kim, Tony, Matthew and Shane Keating, Ken Stocks, Michael Walton, Paul Crisp.