Goulburn-based Frenchman Jean Dubois, enjoyed the biggest success of his brief training career when Aylmerton ($17) won the Group 2 $300,000 Todman Stakes (1200m) at Randwick last Saturday.
The win guarantees Aylmerton a start in the Golden Slipper at Rosehill on Saturday week.
Winning jockey Andrew Adkins settled his mount just behind the leaders before securing a run along the rails in the straight and nabbing the well supported Ef Troop to score by a long head.
“It’s more than incredible, it’s a miracle,” said Dubois, who has only held a licence for about 18 months.
“You always dream of things like this but don’t believe it can happen.”
Aylmerton is now unbeaten from two starts and given that his winning time was just 0.01 of a second outside the race record, the colt looks a genuine Golden Slipper chance.
Kris credits Collett
Newcastle trainer Kris Lees and jockey Jason Collett combined for two group winners at Randwick, kicking off with Karavali in the Group 3 Aspiration Quality (1600m) with Karavali ($5).
After settling back in the field, Collett was able to get an inside run on the turn.
In the straight, the mare finished strongly to score by a head in a photo finish from the favourite, The Pinnacle, with Nettoyer third.
Afterwards Lees gave full credit for the win to Collett.
“He’s riding in rare form. He cut the corner, got off (the fence) and got there right on the line,” he said.
As for Karavali, Lees said: “She’s always had the ability but been a handful on raceday. She’s getting race confidence and you can’t beat winning.”
The mare will now be set for the Group 3 Epona Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday week.
The Lees/Collett combination next struck in the Group 3 Wenona Girl Quality (1200m) with the very classy mare Sugar Bella ($2.30 favourite).
The mare settled last and was still last on the turn before unleashing a powerful finish down the outside to get up in the last stride and defeat Miss Que, with Perizada third.
“I gave up after they went 100 metres,” Lees said. “They didn’t go that quick and she was last.
“The plan was to be behind the leaders, but she got a bit of a squeeze and so he (Collett) left her alone.
“Coming to the corner, when she started to track up behind them, I thought she was still a live chance. I knew she’d rip home in impressive sectionals.”
Sugar Bella has won six of her seven starts and is now likely to target the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) on April 21.