Massive names Chris Waller and Gai Waterhouse have dominated the year’s racing in Sydney but on the final day of the 2011/12 season, honours went to the biggest name of all.
A double to master trainer Bart Cummings with Dragonzone and Blazing Dragon gave him bragging rights at the Australian Turf Club’s meeting held at Kembla Grange on Tuesday.
The two sported Dato Tan Chin Nam’s yellow with black and white checks, most lately carried to Group 1 glory in Australia by dual Cox Plate winner So You Assume.
The Group Three winning Pendragon, the sire of each Tuesday’s winners, stands at Dato Tan’s Believe Big Stud in the NSW Southern Highlands.
Dragonzone, who won the 2400m race on the system, is a half sister to Oaks winner Faint Perfume, whilst Blazing Dragons showed his staying likely winning in excess of 2000 metres.
Visiting New Zealand apprentice Alysha Collett continued her excellent form with a double at the meeting.
In Australia on a scholarship sponsored by Waller, she edged out her mentor’s horse Oogy Sun to win aboard Debelle for Clarry Conners.
Collett had to survive a protest following winning on the Kris Lees-educated At All Costs to secure the double.
She is due to return house subsequent week.
Waller was winless at the kembla meeting but secured his second Sydney premiership with 124-1/two metropolitan winners.