Golden Archer Wins McNeil Stakes 2011

August 29th, 2011

Peter Moody’s well-tried three-year-old Golden Archer scored their debut Group win last Saturday, August 27, taking out the 2011 HDF McNeil Stakes at Caulfield.

Runner-up behind superstar sprinter Sepoy in their first-up spring run in the Vain Stakes earlier this month, Rock Of Gibraltar colt Golden Archer posted their sixth career success on the weekend with an impressive victory in the $125,000 Group 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m).

Starting as a $3.90 shot, having drifted out from their earlier favouritism in the Luxbet Saturday horse racing odds, Golden Archer proved their worth as one of the season’s best three-year-olds with an all-the-way victory in the feature.

On the line Golden Archer, ridden expertly by Moody’s No. 1 jockey Luke Nolen, had nearly two lengths to spare over the David Hayes-trained Cross Of Gold ($26) with Byron Cozamanis’ roughie Vatican ($41) finishing a close third.

Race favourite, the fellow Moody-trained Metonymy 9$3.70) could only manage to finish sixth behind fifth placegetter Delago’s Lad and the Bart Cummings-trained fourth placegetter Do You Think.

Golden Archer is next set to contest either the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) or Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m), both races taking place at Caulfield on September 24.

Whichever option Moody opts to take with the ever-improving Golden Archer, who has already won over $408,000 in prize money for connections, it will be used as a guide as to whether they will press on to the 2011 Caulfield Guineas.

The $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) runs on October 8 as one of the key three-year-old classics of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Australia’s leading online bookmaker Luxbet has Golden Archer rated a $51 roughie in their 2011 Caulfield Guineas odds, a very generous price on such a talented galloper.

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2011 McNeil Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 1 GOLDEN ARCHER Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 9 57.5kg $3.90
2 10 CROSS OF GOLD David Hayes James Winks 1.75L 8 55kg $26
3 8 VATICAN Byron Cozamanis Craig Williams 2.05L 2 55kg $41
4 5 DELAGO’S LAD John McArdle Chris Symons 2.15L 6 55kg $11
5 3 DO YOU THINK Bart Cummings Steven Arnold 2.35L 3 57kg $7.50
6 11 METONYMY Peter G Moody Michael Walker 2.85L 7 53kg $3.70F
7 12 GLISSADE Peter Snowden Craig Newitt 3.85L 5 53kg $8.50
8 4 SATIN SHOES Clarry Conners Michael Rodd 5.1L 10 56kg $5.50
9 6 REDANGELO Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damien Oliver 7.6L 1 55kg $51
10 2 ARCTIC COMMAND Wendy Kelly Danny Nikolic 9.1L 4 57.5kg $61
7 DECIRCLES Danny O’Brien Dwayne Dunn 0
9 SCELTO (NZ) Robbie Laing Ms Lisa Cropp 0