Consistent mare Skyerush showed an electrifying turn of foot to score consecutive wins in the Group 2 $175,000 M. J. Bale Emancipation Stakes (1600m) at Randwick today.
The Guy Walter trained seven year old is racing in peak form with today’s win her third from her last four starts and eleventh win overall.
After Skyerush won the Emancipation last year, Walter took the mare to Brisbane where she was narrowly beaten by Pear Tart in the Group 1 $500,000 Sky Racing Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm during the Winter Carnival.
But Walter has the Super Jet mare racing in outstanding form and with two Group 3s and now a Group 2 win from her last four starts could temp the Warwick Farm trainer to pencil in another trip to Queensland.
“She’s a fabulous mare. She’s just amazed me this preparation and now she has won a Liverpool City Cup, the Emancipation and the Doncaster Prelude in four runs,” Walter said.
“So she’s rising eight and racing easily in the best form of her career.”
“She’s got a real will to win and never had an unsound day in her life and here she is still winning Group races nearly eight years old.”
A patient ride by Blake Shinn had Skyerush midfield and when the mare was held up in the early stages of the straight, Shinn just sat and waited.
As soon as the gap appeared at the 100m, Shinn steered Skyerush through and in a bound had the Emancipation in their keeping.
“Just like a fine wine, she just keeps getting better,” Shinn said.
“Full credit to Guy Walter. He’s mapped this race out right from the start of her preparation and each win along the way has been a real bonus for her. She got into this race really well at the weights and peaked at the right time.”
“The run come, gee she surged through and just put the race beyond doubt at the furlong.”
Skyerush started the $3.50 favourite and scored by one and a quarter lengths from $31 chance Floria with early leader Cathay Lady ($10) close up in third spot.
Second favourite Xanadu ($4.40) was always near the tail of the field and made up plenty of ground to run fifth.