Wednesday, September 6, 2017
When Gateway To Eden defeated promising type Lektra Stomp over 512 metres at Tara Raceway last month, Portland trainer Nicole Stanley must have had the re-scheduled Winter Classic earmarked for the September 2015 son of My Bro Fabio x Key To Eden.
But her hopes of making amends for a second placing last year with Hay Miss took a hit when Gateway To Eden returned to Melbourne.
The arrival, though, in mid-August of October 2015 whelping Archaeology has boosted Stanley’s classic stocks after an impressive win in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m) last Sunday.
Raced by the Champagne Partners Syndicate, who also owns Gateway To Eden, Archaeology landed in Portland having won provincial races at Sandown Park, The Meadows and Geelong.
The black dog made amends for a well-beaten seventh over 400 metres behind Black Fields at his first-up Tara Raceway start the previous week when leading all the way to defeat litter brothers Lone Star and Solitary Lad who will go around in Sunday week’s Winter Classic heats for Glenroy trainer Richard Clayfield.
Archaeology, who will go around at Friday’s Tara Raceway time-graded meeting in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 m), boasts an interesting pedigree, being by Kinloch Brae out of Shelly Shelby, a winner of 18 races including the 2012 Group 3 John Dillon Memorial (595 m) at Sandown Park.
Turbo Road, through to Sunday’s Gordon Refrigeration final after an all the way heat win from box one, was the second leg of a double at last Sunday’s meeting for Stanley who also will be represented by Rising Girl, runner-up to Shannah’s Might, the pair drawing boxes seven and four respectively.