Stakes Double for Encosta de Lago

Champion sire Encosta de Lago featured with a two state stakes double on Saturday, a Flemington success for Smokin’ Joey (6g Encosta de Lago x Dalzing, by Blazing Sword) followed by a victory at Ascot in Perth for Miss Rose de Lago (3f Encosta de Lago x Crimson Dawn, by Fasliyev), who took out the Listed WATC Burgess Queen Stakes.

Trained by Simon Miller, Miss Rose de Lago led throughout to win the 1400 metre contest by a length at her fourth race start and has now won two of four with prizemoney in excess of $90,000.

A $210,000 Magic Millions purchase for Barry and Jan McRostie from the draft of Coolmore, Miss Rose de Lago is the best of three winners from Crimson Dawn (GB), a Fasliyev daughter of Group I winner Mail the Desert.

Crimson Dawn has a yearling colt by High Chaparral (IRE) and foaled again to the same sire this year leaving another colt.

Miss Rose de Lago is the 97th stakes-winner for Coolmore’s champion sire Encosta de Lago, who is closing in on his century of stakes-winners.

Derby Day at Flemington ended with an upset as enigmatic gelding Smokin’ Joey surged home late to score a shock win in the Group III VRC TAB Stakes at odds of $41.

Transferred to Wez Hunter after finishing last at his first run back this preparation, Smokin’ Joey turned that form right around to take the 1400 metre sprint by a dominant length and three-quarters.

“He arrived from Mick’s (former trainer, Mick Price) in great order,” Hunter said.

“All we can offer is the beach and outside training and obviously he’s enjoying that.”

Retained to race by his breeders, Smokin’ Joey has won five races and placed five times from 31 starts earning in excess of $490,000 in prizemoney.

Smokin’ Joey is a full brother to multiple Group II winner Our Smokin Joe, who won 10 races and more than $1.6 million in prizemoney with multiple placings at Group I level.

He is one of five winners from the Blazing Sword mare Dalzing, who was retired from stud duty on 2009, Smokin’ Joey being her final foal.

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