So Pristine has clinched her first Group title with a win in the Queen Of The South Stakes at Morphettville today.
The six-year-old mare emerged from the centre of the pack down the home straight to win the race ahead of race favourite Little House and Blue Ribbon.
The racing began in dramatic fashion when Little House reared in the stalls and threw jockey Shayne Cahill into the side of the barrier stall moments before the race was sue to jump.
Little House was then vetted behind the stalls, while Cahill limped over to the on course ambulance to have his minor leg injury assessed.
Both horse and jockey were deemed fit to race.
It was the first win for So Pristine since she was transferred from New Zealand to the stables of Peter Moody at Caulfield.
Moody was ecstatic that So Pristine was able to claim the Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes after finishing fifth in her most recent start in a fillies and mares handicap at Flemington.
“She’s a well bred filly and she’s got black type in New Zealand and she’s been chasing it here for some time,” Moody said of the Zabeel mare.
“I was confident watching the way she travelled.
“Looks like it might be a lucky day for us.”
Moody will saddle up Black Caviar in the Robert Sangster Stakes later today where she will attempt to post her 20th unbeaten race win.
Jockey Luke Nolen was happy to be able to post a win aboard So Pristine prior to Black Caviar’s big race.
“(It’s good to) find a bit of form before the mare runs I suppose,” Nolen said.
“It was nice to see (So Pristine) win in Stakes company.
“These mares sometimes they’re better suited in Mares races.”
Nolen also gave a slight insight into his race day preparation for riding Black Caviar.
“I just wear black jocks, that’s about it,” he revealed.