By Glenn Davis
The money trail proved spot on when the Kelly Schweida-trained Stella Ombra completed a hat-trick of wins at Doomben on Saturday.
Ridden by leading apprentice Tiffany Brooker, Stella Ombra fought off an early challenge to lead all the way for a commanding 1-1/4 length win over Taillevent and Powerful Saga who dead-heated for second in the Chris Munce Racing Handicap (1050m).
Stella Ombra landed a sizeable plunge to start a $2.25 favourite for his eighth win in 27 starts and boosted his prizemoney past $326,000.
Schweida entered Stella Ombra for last week’s Randwick meeting but pulled the right reign when he scratched the five-year-old to run at Doomben where he was successful over 1200 metres.
It gave Schweida a two-State double last week as stablemate Shogun Star was successful in Sydney to book a start in next month’s $1 million Golden Rose at Randwick.
Stella Ombra was a Sydney winner at Randwick in June but Schweida has no plans to head back with the five-year-old.
“He’s done a great job and he’s going to the paddock now,” Schweida said.
Earlier Melbourne Cup winning trainer John Meagher continued his recent run of success for NSW-based Waratah Thoroughbreds when Monteux claimed the Help Enterprises Open Handicap (2040m).
Monteux sat off the speed before hitting the front at the top of the straight and held on to down the fast finishing Mr Epic by a short neck.
Anton En Avant was third, a further 2-3/4 lengths away.
Meagher trained What A Nuisance to win the 1985 Melbourne Cup and trained for many years in Singapore before moving to Queensland five years ago to set up base at Eagle Farm with sons Chris and Dan.
Dan Meagher has returned to Singapore to train in his own right with Chris his assistant.
Meagher recently opened a satellite stable in Victoria where his star galloper Savannah Amour is based ahead of her attempt to win next month’s Group 1 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield.
Monteux, a $320,000 yearling, has started only 20 times for five wins and as many placings and has repaid more than $210,000 to connections.
“Waratah sent me three horses to train and I think we’ve had four winners of late,” Meagher said.
“I’m not sure what is around for her here but I’d love to win a Ballarat Cup with her.”
Racing Queensland webnews August 12