Grahame Begg’s colt Ilovethiscity once again proved their class when overcoming a wide barrier draw to claim victory in today’s Group 2 Spring Stakes (1600m) at Newcastle.
Coming off an eye-catching third to Toorak Toff in the Group 1 Golden Rose, three-year-old Ilovethiscity started as the punter’s clear favourite in the 2010 Spring Stakes despite their wide barrier 15 draw.
Ilovethiscity, ridden by Glen Boss, made a late charge on the home straight after sitting well back in the field early on as Zakumi set a blistering pace.
With 250m to go Ilovethiscity moved up on the outside and took the lead at the 150m mark, beating the Peter Snowden-trained Giresun to the line by a length with John Thompson’s smart filly Heartsareforlove in third.
Ilovethiscity (Magic Albert x Kensington Rose) has now won two of their seven career starts and is heading towards the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas on October 9.
Following the Newcastle Spring Stakes, betting on the 2010 Caulfield Guineas has been momentarily suspended at Sportsbet, with the quote on Ilovethiscity sure to shorten.
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2010 Newcastle Spring Stakes Results
|4||WAVE DANCING||Brenton Avdulla||$101|
|5||CHULA VISTA||Jay Ford||$71|
|9||ALMA’S FURY||Grant Buckley||$41|
|10||SONG SHAN||Tommy Berry||$201|
|11||MR HONG KONG||Peter Wells||$71|
|13||AL ASEEL||Hugh Bowman||$6.50|
|15||DIAMOND JIM||Nathan Berry||$61|