Opacity Makes A Brilliant Return To The Winners Circle

Opacity returned to his brilliant best at Royal Randwick on Saturday in the Racing To Win Handicap over a mile. All the stars aligned and he found himself with a good barrier draw, a soft track and just 51kg's after apprentice Reece Jones' claim. Jumping from barrier 4, Opacity began well to settle 3 pairs back off the fence, following stablemate and race favourite Kirwan's Lane. He travelled strongly up the rise and hit the front at the 200m to give an almighty kick and defeat his rivals by 1.5L.

"He likes to get his toe in the ground and he hadn't had that opportunity at his last couple of runs. He came here with no weight with Reece's claim and he did a good job" trainer John O'Shea commented after the race. "The beauty about the progeny of Ocean Park is that they continue to get better as they get older and this bloke is no different."

It was a day to remember for Reece Jones who notched up 4 winners on the day “I was hoping to come away with one really, but to come away with four is a huge thrill,” he said.

Saturday's victory was Opacity's 6th career win, bringing his prizemoney total over the $250,000 mark. He was purchased for $70,000 from the Landsdowne Park Stud draft at the 2018 Karaka yearling sale. Congratulations his owners Mrs C A Molyneux-Richards, Mr A H B Smith, Mr B R Kemp, Mr R Jones, Mr S M Ross, Mrs J S Willis, Mr J C Withers, Mr G Coy, Mr B Johnson, Mr G B Lamont, Saudi Arabia Racing, Mr J Hayward, Mr J Gillies, Young Doihey Racing, Mr P Soulakellis, JackJ5 Racing, Mr D Hay


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