The Attwood Marshall Lawyers $150,000,00 Silk Stocking listed race lived up to expectations despite the heavy track with the James Cummings’ trained Demerara winning the black type event at the Gold Coast Turf Club on Saturday.
The 1200m race at the new look Gold Coast Cup Race Day (formerly the Prime Minister’s Cup) attracted a class field of fillies and mares from some of the top stables in Australia, including racehorses trained by Bjorn Baker, Gerald Ryan and Cummings, who had two runners.
It was another win for the Godolphin racing machine, who incidentally won the race with Detours in 2013 when sponsored by Attwood Marshall Lawyers.
NICE WAY TO END THE DAY – @godolphin‘s stable rep was pretty happy to grab victory in the Silk Stocking @GCTurfClub with Demerara this afternoon, when talking to @bernadetecooper. pic.twitter.com/Rx7JJzYTtM
— Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) May 4, 2019
Jockey Jason Collett maintained Demerara’s outstanding first-up record, with the mare confidently coping with heavy conditions.
“She’s by Commands out of a Canny Lad mare so we thought she would handle the ground,” Nacim Dilmi, stable spokesman for Mr Cummings, told media after the race.
“I was worried that she was a little further back in the race than we’d planned but Jason didn’t panic, he came around the corner full of confidence and got the job done,” he said.
Legal Practice Director Jeff Garrett, a former GCTC Board member and keen thoroughbred owner and breeder said the Silk Stocking was a memorable race day for Attwood Marshall Lawyers, who bookended the race card – also sponsoring the 1st race being a Benchmark 75 Handicap event won by The Candy Man.
“It was a proud day for Attwood Marshall Lawyers on one of the best race days in Australia. We congratulate the winning connections and it was an outstanding ride by Jason Collett,” Mr Garrett said.
“Our guests enjoyed a memorable day in the Crystal Lounge, which took in fantastic views of the track overlooking the finish line.
“The Silk Stocking proved to be an excellent forum for a Cummings’ trained mare to obtain the elusive ‘black type’ for Godolphin enhancing her future breeding prospects and value as a broodmare.
“Reports from industry participants, including owners, trainers and jockeys, is that this race is an important race day in the Winter Carnival calendar.
“We couldn’t be happier with sponsoring the race and the result.”
Established 1946, Attwood Marshall Lawyers is a long time corporate sponsor of the Gold Coast Turf Club and supporter of the local racing industry.
Attwood Marshall Lawyers is one of the few firms with a highly experienced legal department dedicated to thoroughbred racing law, having acted in many high profile cases.