Emirates Park home-bred scores emphatic Gimcrack win

October 5, 2020.

Emirates Park home-bred Enthaar lived right-up to expectations when demolishing her rivals in the Group 3 ATC Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) — the very first race of the 2020/21 Sydney 2-year-old racing season.

Sent to post a red-hot $1.60 favourite after a brilliant barrier trial performance at Kensington 10 days prior, the ultra-precocious daughter of Written Tycoon turning the black-type event into a one horse affair, ultimately running out a clear three-length winner.

Once asked to go on and claim victory by rider James McDonald, Enthaar displayed a scintillating turn of foot before clearing out to an outstanding success. The winning jockey virtually spoke for everyone who witnessed the race when stating, “I suppose the performance speaks for itself”.

McDonald added: “It felt as good as it looked to be honest. She’s just a dream to ride. The only concern I had today was just getting her out, but once she flew the machines she just does everything like a three-year-old.

“She floats along the ground, relaxes well, and when I ask her she just lowers and boots. Six furlongs [1200m] is what she is crying out for now.”

McDonald concluded: “She’s the most mature of the early 2-year-olds I’ve sat on. She’s just fully there. Her action is so strong. Mentally she is so strong, and with the high-cruising speed that she possesses, it’s going to hold her in great stead.”

The level of the performance is probably best illustrated by the reaction of the NSW TAB. Before the Gimcrack Stakes, Enthaar had been installed as its $17.00 favourite for next year’s Golden Slipper. However, the quote was slashed to just $7.00 in the aftermath of the Emirates Park-bred and -raced filly’s debut success.

Enthaar’s next outing is expected to be the $1 million Golden Gift, to be run at Rosehill Gardens on November 7. Co-trainer Ciaron Maher told reporters after the win: “I thought maybe the Golden Gift would be a nice race for her. If she can do the right thing there we can reset for a Slipper or something like that.”



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