Seaside to head to Brisbane after winning Dark Jewel Classic

Seaside looks to has booked herself a ticket to the Brisbane Winter Carnival after beating stablemate Aerobatics in the Group 3 $200,000 Coolmore Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) at Scone today.

Seaside may head to Brisbane after winning the Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic at Scone

Seaside may head to Brisbane after winning the Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic at Scone. Photo by Steve Hart

Trainer John O’Shea has continued the steady flow of winners since taking over the reins as head trainer for Darley and will work out next week with the team if Seaside heads north.

“There might be a nice race for her in Brisbane,” said winning rider Kerrin McEvoy.

O’Shea saddled up three runners in the Dark Jewel Classic for the fillies and mares and McEvoy was on the money when he picked Seaside ($6) as his mount, with Christian Reith retaining the ride on runner up Aerobatics ($4.60 favourite)  while Sam Clipperton rode Pleiades ($15) into seventh place.

“We were worried about how it was going to work out on paper speed wise but the race was run at a good tempo,” McEvoy said.

“She was in a good spot, probably hit the front early but she is improving fitness wise and she is only going to improve again.”

McEvoy steered away from the inside fence after  taking the advice of former champion jockey Darren Beadman who only joined the Darley team last week as assistant trainer.

“The Dazzler, (Darren Beadman) he said don’t be afraid to sit deep with cover, it is nicer ground out there and he was proved right,” McEvoy said.

Last start Seaside ran sixth to Aerobatics in the Listed $150,000 The 2013 Darley Crown (1300m) at Hawkesbury on May 4 and Beadman could see that the Redoute’s Choice mare was ready to turn the tables on her stablemate.

“Seaside put the writing on the wall the other day, came from a long way back at Hawkesbury and finished off nicely, it was her turn today,” Beadman said.

“It is so important to get black type, a Group 3 win now for this Redoute’s Choice mare.”

Myamira ($13) with Robert Thompson aboard put in an eye catching performance coming from last on the home turn to finish in third spot, one length from the winner.

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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