Siren’s Fury has come from behind to take out the Star Kingdom Stakes in a photo finish.
The five-year-old mare faced a depleted but speedy field in the 1200 metres race at Rosehill today, overtaking Manuel at the final moment to win.
“Mid-race when she wasn’t really travelling that strong, she was sort of only just keeping in contact (and) I guess the positive thoughts were slowly going away, but she’s always strong late and it was good to see her charging at the line,” trainer Jason Coyle said.
“Tim (Clark, jockey) said before the race a lot of these races were very much tempo-related, so if the tempo was on here she was going to be the horse to run over the top of them.”
Coyle was hopeful the mare could go up another level on the heels of her success.
“Obviously the plan is to go up to a mile but we might just sort of back off her now and go to Hawkesbury and Scone.”
Coming off the gutsy ride, Clark said the outcome came back to the speed of the race.
“She was off the bridle a long way from home, she was always going to be strong late with that 1400 under her belt and that was the key,” he said. “Big finish on her, got conditions that suit, speed on – had to come back to the speed they were going.”
The Stephen Marsh-trained Ardrossan raced close to the strong pace and stuck on gamely for third.
“He’s a really nice horse,” jockey James McDonald said. “He will improve a lot off that. Get him on a decent surface.”
Last year’s Golden Slipper winner Estijaab led but fell back to finish last with jockey Brenton Avdulla telling stewards she struggled on the heavy track.