Led by ‘golden boy’ Sennachie, Victoria ‘struck gold’ at Albion Park on Friday night.
Prepared by Steve White, Sennachie was simply sensational and turned the $150,000-to-the-winner Group 1 Gold Bullion (520m) into a one-act affair.
Starting at $3 on TAB Fixed Odds, Sennachie exploded from box five and was in a class of his own defeating NSW litter brothers Good Odds Harada ($4.80) and Feral Franky ($2.50). He had 10.25 lengths to spare over Good Odds Harada, with Feral Franky a further two lengths away third in a sizzling 29.41sec – just outside his own 29.38sec track record.
Sennachie gained automatic entry into the Gold Bullion final courtesy of his G3 Golden Ticket win on Boxing Day at Albion Park. On that occasion, he posted a flying 29.39sec.
A genuine superstar of the sport, Sennachie registered his third G1 win. He also has the G1 Maturity Classic and G1 Brisbane Cup on his ultra-impressive CV.
He has also made Albion Park a ‘second home’ with four group race wins from nine starts on the circuit. He also won the G2 Queensland Derby.
A 10-time group race finalist, Sennachie has also finished runner-up in the G1 Silver Chief and third in the G1 Adelaide Cup, and was a finalist in the G1 Topgun. He’s won 18 races from 32 starts, and has amassed $701,450 in stakes.
White is now eyeing the Australian Cup Carnival and Golden Easter Egg with his champ, and then it’s likely he’ll take up stud duties.
Sennachie’s Victorian counterpart, Snags McKenzie, finished sixth in the Gold Bullion final.
WATCH: Sennachie win the Brisbane Gold Bullion at Albion Park on Friday night from box five.
Meanwhile, True Detective continued a red-letter night for Victoria when he laid down the law to his rivals in the Gold Cup final (710m).
Trained by Jeff Britton, True Detective was quickly into stride from box one and was challenged by Bago Bye Bye in the middle stages. But he showed great resolve to pull away from the Qld pin-up and then hold off a late flourish.
Starting at $5 on TAB Fixed Odds, True Detective defeated What About It ($8) by three-quarters of a length, with NSW star Just Terms ($4.20) a neck away third in 42.08sec.
The race favourite, Boom Down ($3.30) – a Victorian counterpart of True Detective – was never a factor in the event and finished seventh.
A model of consistency, True Detective – last year’s G1 Hume Cup winner –notched his 16th win from 25 starts, with the $75,000 first prize catapulting his stakes to $226,545.
WATCH: True Detective win the Gold Cup at Albion Park, Brisbane from box one.
Pawnote: White also finished second with Red Rock in the Clem Jones Cup (600m).