Kimochi Breaks Group Maiden Tag in Gentle Fingers, Eyes Encompass Stakes 2024

Gary Portelli‘s progressive filly Kimochi lastly shed her bridesmaid’s tag with an exhilarating nostril victory within the 2024 Gentle Fingers Stakes at Randwick, kicking off a doubtlessly profitable Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival marketing campaign.

Kimochi wins 2024 Light Fingers Stakes

Kimochi wins 2024 Gentle Fingers Stakes first-up for breakthrough Black-Kind success. Picture: Steve Hart.

The proficient daughter of Courageous Smash, ridden by Jason Collett, edged out the promising Studying To Fly in a heart-stopping end, avenging irritating placements in final 12 months’s Princess Collection.

“That gate was an enormous assist,” stated Collett. “She solely had a brief let-up too so superb.”

Kimochi had been knocking on the door all through the spring, ending second within the Group 1 Flight Stakes to Tropical Squall. Right now, she confirmed true grit and dedication, refusing to be denied her first main victory.

“I let you know, it’s a tremendous feeling,” Portelli exclaimed. “She’s obtained that tenacity, hasn’t she? Love this filly.”

Studying To Fly, final 12 months’s Golden Slipper sufferer of interference, confirmed immense promise in her return, placing in a powerful efficiency for second. Her stablemate Kristilli rounded out the trifecta, additional highlighting the depth of expertise on show.

With eyes now set on the distinguished $750,000 Encompass Stakes on March 2nd, Kimochi faces a tricky problem. Nonetheless, her Gentle Fingers Stakes win proves she has the flexibility to compete on the highest degree.

2024 Gentle Fingers Stakes Outcomes

End No. Horse Coach Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Beginning Value
1 1 KIMOCHI Gary Portelli Jason Collett 3 56kg $6.50
2 3 LEARNING TO FLY Annabel Neasham Chad Schofield 0.07L 11 56kg $4.20F
3 5 KRISTILLI Annabel Neasham Zac Lloyd (a) 1.83L 8 56kg $18
4 12 STEFI MAGNETICA Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 2.26L 9 56kg $26
5 7 FACILE Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Tim Clark 2.6L 2 56kg $13
6 2 TIZ INVINCIBLE Ciaron Maher James McDonald 2.83L 10 56kg $4.60
7 9 ARCTIC GLAMOUR Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy 3.09L 7 56kg $6.50
8 6 AUTUMN BALLET Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 3.96L 1 56kg $14
9 11 KIND WORDS Kris Lees Sam Clipperton 5.38L 5 56kg $81
10 4 MUMBAI MUSE Michael Freedman Tommy Berry 16.33L 4 56kg $6.50
11 13 I’M A STEEL Barbara Joseph, Paul & Matt Jones Dylan Gibbons (a) 18L 6 56kg $81
8 WEST OF DALBY Benjamin Smith Brock Ryan 0
10 BALLROOM BELLA Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Tyler Schiller 0

Desk Credit score: Racing Australia.

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