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GR1 MYER CLASSIC
POLITENESS (AUS) 2010
6 M (Street Sense - Berengaria by Commands)
Run over 1600m on October 31, 2015 at Flemington
Prizemoney: $502,500
Trainer: R W Smerdon
Jockey: D Dunn
Time: 01:37.8
Track Conditions: Soft(5)
Race Club: VRC
Winners Details
Sale: 2012 Sydney Easter Yearling Sale
Vendor: Sledmere Stud
Purchase Price: $115,000
Sales Co: Inglis
Then came: Fenway, Azkadellia, May's Dream, Amicus, Stay With Me, Jessy Belle, Solicit, Atlantis Dream, Abidewithme, Slightly Sweet, La Passe, Royal Descent, Our Vergara, Miss Rose de Lago,
Steve Hart
At Flemington in Melbourne, Darley's 2006 Champion 2YO Colt & 2007 Gr1 Kentucky Derby-winning shuttler Street Sense (Street Cry-Bedazzle, by Dixieland Band) celebrated an elite Gr1 success when 5YO mare Politeness (Street Sense-Berengaria, by Commands) scored by 0.75-length for trainer Robert Smerdon in the $500,000 Gr1 Myer Classic (1600m) for 3YO+ f&m, over 4YO mares Fenway (High Chaparral-Deedra, by Zabeel) & Azkadellia (Shinko King-Raving, by Centaine). Politeness, who was a $115,000 purchase by Malua and Bahen Bloodstock at the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Sledmere Stud, boosted her value considerably with this well-deserved maiden Gr1 victory. Owned by Phil Sly and Japan's Katsumi Yoshida, she took her record to 7 wins (including the Gr3 William Hill Sprint Series Final, Gr3 Summoned Stakes, Gr3 PJ Bell Stakes & Listed Bel Esprit Stakes) and 4 placings (including the Gr2 Thousand Guineas Prelude & Listed Lexus Hybrid Plate) from 26 starts for $903,800 earnings. "We made this her ultimate aim, because she's won about five Group 3 races now and the only way her long-term value could increase was to win at Group 1 level," said winning trainer Robert Smerdon. The win provided a timely tonic for owner Phil Sly who has been fighting a public battle with cancer. "It keeps me alive mate, keeps me alive," Sly said. "I don't know where she goes now or what happens but she'll form part of the breeding thing over in Japan with me and Katsumi. He'll be ecstatic."