The Greg Perry owned and bred What’s New took out the second leg of the four year old series, with an emphatic win in the $400,000 Group 2 Stewards Cup. Following on from her Group 3 win at her previous start, jockey Ben Thompson was given the task of handling the Casino Prince mare. After drawing dreadfully in barrier 14, Thompson produced one of the rides of the year to get the Stewards Cup prize and in so doing added further valuable black type for What’s New.
From barrier rise there was an early mad rush from horses drawn inside What’s New which enabled Thompson in the first 200m to drop What’s New nicely onto the rails with the mare doing little work to get there. What’s New was effectively in the same economical rails-hugging position, except that she was a few spots further back from the cushy box-seat she enjoyed in the Silver Bowl.
Thompson bided his time and shortly after straightening for the run home, he angled What’s New out for the run to the finish. The bonnie little mare darted through and kept finding as she wore down those in front of her and forged away to win by nearly a length on the line. Sacred Croix let down late to fall short by a length for the same Silver Bowl quinella.
Ben Thompson has had great success with the stable. Ben took out winning the Group 2 EW Barker Trophy (1600m) aboard Mister Yeoh at a hit-and-run visit last November. Now permanently based in Singapore, he landing the Group 3 Moonbeam Vase (1600m) on Elite Excalibur in May, and now the Stewards Cup on What’s New. In a special day for Ben, his girlfriend Stephanie Thornton was on track to see the win, and also collected the Owner’s Trophy for Tarnpirr stable.
As a winner of the first two Legs, owner Greg Perry picks up a bonus of $50,000 which will treble if she completes the clean sweep in the Group 1 Singapore Derby (1800m) on July 21. However, a decision on whether she will contest the Derby will be made closer to the race by Greg and Cliff.
With that sixth win and another seven placings from 16 starts, What’s New has now amassed more than $550,000 for owners Greg and Lisa Perry, excluding the $50,000 bonus for winning the two Legs. What’s New’s mother Pussycat Dream this week traveled from her NZ base Kilmore Farm to Australia, where she will have a date with Darley Stallion Pierro. She also has a Tavistock two year in training in Australia retained by Greenwich Stud (Greg and Lisa Perry), whilst the stable in partnership with Greenwich Stud were able to secure the yearling half brother to What’s New by El Roca at the NZB Karaka Yearling Sale in January.