Troach victorious at The Valley
Godolphin Australia Head Trainer James Cummings said Troach had “done her job” after the tough filly won the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes over 1,200m at Moonee Valley on Saturday, 3 September.
Having her first run in Melbourne, Troach began well and led before being taken on and headed by Lady Laguna.
Jockey Craig Williams then angled the filly to the outside of the leader coming to the home turn before Troach grabbed the front and raced clear to win by a length, with I’mlovin’ya another 1.5 lengths away in third place.
It was Troach’s third win in eight starts and followed an excellent placing in the Listed The Rosebud at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney on 13 August.
“She turned up there (The Valley) as one of the leading chances with her excellent form from The Rosebud,” Cummings said.
“The San Domenico winner (Sweet Ride) and the Up And Coming winner (Kibou) finished behind her that day.
“That was her first capturing of Black Type, from then on it was our goal to win at Black Type.
“Straight to Melbourne and straight to the Atlantic Jewel - the same race as Exhilarates won for us a few years ago - so we’re cooking with gas”.
Troach is by former Darley stallion Epaulette out of the Stakes winner Anise, the G3 Kindergarten Stakes (1,100m) winner at Randwick in 2011.
“There’ll be a nice race for her, maybe it’s the William Crockett (Stakes), if we hold her back,” he said.
“Maybe we’ll run her a little sooner, maybe at Caulfield in a three-year-old fillies’ race”.