Dances On Stars has claimed an upset win in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes at Royal Randwick racecourse today April 14, 2012.
The Snitzel colt won the race by a neck ahead of Agueda, who finished second, and Ichihara, who ran home for third.
Ichihara was the short priced favourite to win the 2012 Kindergarten Stakes after winning the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes last start, however, failed to find a run after missing the start.
It was the first win for Dances On Stars, who was paying odds of $6.50 to win the 2012 Kindergarten Stakes at bookmaker.com.au.
Trainer Gerald Ryan was thrilled to see Ichihara bomb the start, placing his colt in a perfect winning position.
“When Ichihara missed the start it made me a little bit more comfortable,” Ryan said.
Ryan feels Dances On Stars has improved greatly since his spring campaign last year.
“He’s a nice horse,” he said.
“I was quite happy with him going into the race.
“He (did) a lot wrong as a spring two-year-old colt.”
With Dances On Stars’ connections based on the Gold Coast, the two-year-old is likely to travel up to Queensland for the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
Ryan will target him towards the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes, however, doesn’t feel he will suit the Group 1 The TJ Smith’s 1,600 metre distance.
“Perhaps the Sires’ and we’ll worry about the other race (The TJ Smith) later because I don’t think he’ll get a mile,” the trainer said.
Jockey Glyn Schofield was pleased to have taken out the first race of the day at Randwick today.
“I was quite happy to see (Ichihara miss the start) because that meant (she) was bottled up and not using (her) asset, which is (her) speed,” Schofield said.
Schofield still feels there’s room for improvement from Dances On Stars.
“I had to use my horse a little bit,” he said.
“He raced a little bit green there.”
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2012 Kindergarten Stakes Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||1||DANCES ON STARS (NZ)||Gerald Ryan||Glyn Schofield||–||1||56.5kg||$6.50|
|2||4||AGUEDA||Anthony Cummings||Hugh Bowman||0.3L||6||54.5kg||$5|
|3||3||ICHIHARA||Allan Denham||Corey Brown||1.6L||3||54.5kg||$1.65F|
|4||2||PTOLEMY||Gary Portelli||Nash Rawiller||2L||4||56.5kg||$31|
|5||5||GOLD BENDER||Mark de Montfort||Mathew Cahill||4.1L||5||54.5kg||$26|
|6||6||OH BARBIE||Paul Cave||Nathan Berry||11.6L||2||54.5kg||$51|