Oscietra Wins Purton Impressive at Sha Tin

A brief Mea Culpa on our parts is necessary.

No sooner had we taken the sledge to Black Caviar’s first offspring, Oscietra, than she went and won first-up at Sportsbet – Ballarat on Sunday. The magic charm seems to have been putting Luke Nolen in the saddle, the Nolen that made a career out of riding Oscietra’ famous mum.

Good on you, little lady, and may you soon prove us even more dim by taking to the major tracks for the Saturday meetings in the future.

Oscietra has more pressure on her than U.S. figure skaters in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, but unlike those skaters, Oscietra came through when it counted.

Such are the expectations on her that when she was a late scratching at Moonee Valley earlier in the month, the number of spectators who showed up to see her run at Ballarat spiked favourably.

Oscietra, for the record, won the Hygain Winner’s Choice BM64 Handicap (1000 m).

Now that we think about it, we were not actually unkind toward Oscietra, we were just puzzling over why we had not seen her on the track, so apology rescinded.

The big racing news from the weekend past is that jockey Zac Purton won both Group 1 races on offer at Sha Tin yesterday, along with two other races from the same meeting.

Purton took the ride on Time Warp, beating the Hugh Bowman ridden Werther in the Citi Hong King Gold Cup (2000 m). Time Ward did indeed warp time, it would seem, smashing the course record for 2000 m, becoming the first horse to cover the distance in under two minutes, by three hundredths of a second.

The Sha Tin meeting sort of summed up the world of thoroughbred racing as it today exists.

Time Warp is a British horse by U.S.A.’s Archipenko from Here To Eternity. Werther has an Australian dam, but most of his lines are from the northern hemisphere.

Throw in two Aussie jockeys and you have a true validation of the term international thoroughbred racing.

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