Sialia Steals The Prize In Mandurah Birthday Cup Final

Paul Stuart has claimed the 2015 Group Three Mandurah Mail Birthday Cup final after Sialia scored a determined win in the $25,000-to-the-winner feature.

Stepping cleanly from box one, the daughter of Collide and Winsome Bluebird stuck to the rail as Majestic Gem (box five) exploded from the traps to assume the early lead. Swinging for home and the blue bitch hooked to the outside of the leader and dashed to the lead in the run to the line to score by 1.5 lengths

Golden Gossip (box two) railed beautifully in the home straight to snare second for Christine Robartson ahead of a tiring Majestic Gem in third position.

The race favourite, Astrophysic, was never out of trouble from box four, thundering home down the centre of the track to narrowly miss a placing, finishing fourth.

The winner clocked a quick 22.56, just over a length off her 22.45 personal best over the track and distance.

Sialia, a half-sister to champion bitch Miata, has now won 12 races from 23 career outings with more than $45,000 in prizemoney earnings. The lightly raced bitch, which turns three next month, looks to have plenty of racing and success left in her.

Group Three Mandurah Mail Birthday Cup full results

1st: Sialia (1) – Paul Stuart

2nd: Golden Gossip (2) – Christine Robartson

3rd: Majestic Gem (5) – Greg Martin

4th: Astrophysic (4) – Paul Stuart

5th: Powerhouse (3) – Andrew McLaren

6th: Last Day (7) – Christine Robartson

7th: Fun Princess (6) – Lexia Isaac

8th: Walkaway Ablaze (8) – Emily Frazer

Time: 22.56
1st split: 6.55
2nd split: 11.83
Run home: 10.73
Margins: 1 1/2 L x 1 1/4 L