Tears of Joy

Tears of Joy

Any tears at Te Rapa on Saturday were tears of joy with an unexpected win on debut from two-year-old filly No More Tears in the $50,000 Listed Hamilton Vets Equine Stakes (1100m) in much more experienced company.

With two other Go Racing horses also contesting the race, it was a matter of horses for courses as the Dead5 footing failed to suit stable mates Ruud Not Too and Scarlet’s Secret.

Racing Manager Albert Bosma explains, “No More Tears (Darci Brahma x Ocean of Tears) had shown plenty at her two previous trials (first and second) so when her scheduled race at Avondale was abandoned last Monday we decided to give her a shot at black-type.”

The gamble paid off nicely especially on the tote where she was a $26 upsetter.

“I cannot recall a horse winning a stakes race on debut in track record time. She is obviously very special.” 

Trainer Stephen Marsh couldn’t be happier with the “thoroughly professional” run from his novice. “She had a slow start from a wide draw. To come from near last in a track record time, in more experienced company is courageous to say the least.”

No More Tears is out of a half-sister to winner of the Group 2 Reisling Stakes Hips Don’t Lie (Stravinsky) and stakes placegetters Acquired (O’Reilly), Azevedo (Helissio) and Procurement (O’Reilly) and is now a valuable filly in her own right.

She will now spell and be set for the Group 1 One Thousand Guineas in the Spring.

Go Racing and Stephen Marsh had a second win at Te Rapa with Vallone. The half-brother to Group 1 winner Lucia Valentina won his 2nd race from just three starts and is a very exciting stayer in the making.