Locally bred galloper Youngstar just failed in her bid to collect the major end of the purse in one of the feature races at Doomben over the weekend.
The three-year-old filly by the top rating sire High Chaperral took her place in a star studded field in the $600,000 Channel Seven Queensland Derby over 2200 metres on Saturday afternoon.
The filly took her place in a star studded field in the $600,000 Queensland Derby.Stuart Maxwell
The Chris Waller trained filly was ridden by leading jockey Kerrin McEvoy (55kg) and was drawn from the widest barrier (16) in the Derby and to add to the irony of it all she was the only filly in the race.
Records will show that no filly has won the race since Dariana claimed the prize in 2010.
Youngstar came in third over the line and picked up $63,000 in prizemoney for the honour.
Youngstar’s form was first class in her lead up and going into the race with four wins from only seven starts including bringing home prizemoney of $305,000 after taking out the group one Queensland Oaks carrying 56kg over 2200 metres and starting from barrier four.
Prior to that she was more than impressive winning the group two Magic Millions – The Doomben Roses on Saturday May 12 where she took home $107,000 for her owners.
Topweight for the race on Saturday and the eventual winner was the Kerry Parker trained Dark Dream, ridden by former local and now successful Sydney jockey Tim Clark.
Second placing went to the Darren weir trained Heavenly Thoughts ridden by Brad Rawiller.
Youngstar finished a solid third after being last on the turn, and toward the tail in the early part of the race.
Rider Kerrin McEvoy allowed the filly to settle at the back end of the large field of runners before making a long and sustaining run from the 400 metres.