- By Rob Burnet
A drop in class worked well for the Kris Lees trained Itz Lily for the Snitzel filly to take her first metropolitan win in the $125,000, Bradley Photographers Bm 74 Handicap (1800m) at Randwick on Saturday.
After a fourth place in the Group 2 The Roses over 2000m at Doomben on May 18th the stable brought the filly back home and presented her with apprentice Samantha Clenton’s 2kg claim bring the weight to be carried back to 56kg.
The race was set up by the Waterhouse and Bott trained Statuesquely (55.5kg) and Christian Reith attempting to lead all the way. The tactic nearly worked as well.
When Itz Lily and Clenton came to challenge Statuesquely did not give way easily and the two, with Itz Lily racing outside of the pair with both in the middle of the track, went stride for stride to the line.
The winning margin was a neck at the post with Costas (NZ) (Tavistock) (54kg) and Jay Ford third, the margin 3/4L.
The time was 1.51.91 on the Heavy 8 track with the final 600m in 36.24. Itz Lily paid $5.50 on fixed odds and $4.50 on the tote as the favourite.
The city win and stakes fitted well on Itz Lily’s page after three earlier country wins and three seconds from seven starts earning stakes of $74,025. Saturday’s win added the important city class and jumped stakes earnings to $154,525 for owners Australian Bloodstock, Mr P R Williams, Kingston Bloodstock Pty Ltd, Mrs N L Grant-Taylor, Mr P M Nolan, Mr A G Cammarano, Mr C Kosta, Mr M J Scheele, Mr JA Wright, Next Chance Racing, Ms A Fraser, Mr A G Smith, Mr W M Parker, Mr D J Love, Mr J Lovett and Mr M Duggan.