Sydney’s leading lady of racing Gai Waterhouse added another runner to her 2011 Doncaster Mile contingent after her improving four-year-old gelding Pureness won the $1750,00 Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Guineas Day last Saturday March 26.
The son of Tale Of The Cat staked his claims to run against star stablemate More Joyous in the $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on April 16 with a hard-fought victory in the 2011 Ajax Stakes at Rosehill.
Coming off a third place finish behind Triple Elegance in the Liverpool City Cup, Pureness went out as the $2.50 favourite in the Ajax Stakes and after a few nervous moments eventually saluted for the punters.
Pureness missed the start, had to be taken out wide by jockey Glen Boss but still managed to run home first.
After getting caught midfield, on the home straight Pureness moved up through the pack to challenge the leader, eight-year-old Mentality, and the duo fought it out over the final few hundred metres.
On the line Pureness pushed clear and defeated Mentality ($21) by three quarters of a length with Lebrechaun ($8.50) finishing in a close third just a neck further back.
Pureness has now won five of their eight career starts for over $230,000 in prize money and will head towards the Doncaster Mile along with Saturday’s runner-up Mentality.
More Joyous is the raging favourite in the futures Doncaster Mile odds at Luxbet sitting at a quote of $2.30.
After Saturday’s success Pureness moved up the betting for the famous mile feature now paying $17 to cause an upset while Mentality is a $91 roughie in the Luxbet Doncaster Mile markets.
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2011 Ajax Stakes Results
|1||PURENESS||Glen Boss||Gai Waterhouse||–||$2.50F|
|2||MENTALITY||Corey Brown||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||0.8||$21|
|3||LEBRECHAUN||Jim Cassidy||Matthew Dale||1.1||$8.50|
|4||BRILLIANT LIGHT||Nash Rawiller||Kerry Parker||1.4||$15|
|5||SNOW ALERT||Damien Oliver||Chris Waller||1.5||$19|
|6||ALTERED BOY||Glyn Schofield||Chris Waller||1.7||$18|
|7||UNDER THE EIFFEL||Kerrin McEvoy||Tony Vasil||2.7||$4|
|8||INFORMALITY||Brenton Avdulla||John O’Shea||3.9||$16|
|9||MR CLANGTASTIC||Tim Clark||Les Bridge||4||$51|
|10||TRADER||Kathy O’Hara||Anthony Cummings||15.4||$13|
|SCR||BRAZILIAN PULSE||Craig Williams||Michael Moroney||–||–|