Grandview Avenue winning at The Valley (Image: Racing Photos)
In-form sprinter Grandview Avenue provided Warrnambool-based trainer Simon Ryan and apprentice Teo Nugent with milestone moments in their respective careers by claiming the $140,000 Listed Fiorente @Sun Stud Carlyon Stakes (1000m) at The Valley on Saturday.
Nugent still claims 1.5kg in the metropolitan area and was unable to use his allowance in notching his first Stakes victory while Ryan described the victory as 'most definitely' the highlight of his career.
"I've won a Saturday race at Caulfield, won at Flemington and I have won a couple of races here, and just got beaten in a Mornington Cup," Ryan, who oversees a five-horse stable, said in reflecting on past highlights.
Grandview Avenue's Carlyon Stakes was his second metropolitan victory within eight days, both having come at The Valley, after he scorched over 955 metres in 54.74 seconds to defeat $1.40 favourite Meteorite on November 20.
Meteorite was withdrawn from the Carlyon Stakes, with his absence leaving 10 starters as Grandview Avenue won by 1.75 lengths after racing outside the leader Sartorial Splendor ($15), who faded into eighth.
Prophet's Thumb ($5 equal favourite) ran on strongly for second ahead of Prezado ($6), who settled off the pace and finished a further 1.5 lengths away in third.
"To be honest it has caught me completely off guard, we thought he'd run well but couldn't have foreseen that, it'll sink in on the way home," Ryan said. "I'm really proud of the horse, he's come a long way."
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Nugent gave his thanks to Ryan and connections, who allowed him to retain the ride without use of his claiming allowance.
"I used to ride this horse a lot early days when he broke his maiden and I won on him at Dunkeld," Nugent said.
"To see him progress through the grades, he put the writing on the wall at Flemington when he finished a creditable fifth (behind Leiter on Stakes Day).
"He gave them weight last start in the 955-metre race and he ran some time. I was really confident coming into today.
“We drew a little bit of a sticky gate and we were in two minds whether we rolled forward or just ride him with a bit of cover.
"He flew the gates and we landed in a lovely spot outside the leader. He gave one hell of a kick when I asked him at the top of the straight. Good effort."
Grandview Avenue, bred by Ryan's father-in-law, has raced 35 times for nine wins and 10 minor placings, with his prizemoney now standing at $336,696.