Sonntag has upset more fancied rivals to win the 2014 Group 1 Queensland Derby at Eagle Farm today.
The Teofilo gelding, trained by Henry Dwyer, finished strongly in the 2400m staying feature to win from a tough Pinstripe Lane and a fast finishing Vilanova in third.
“We had a lovely run in the race and we were following what I thought to be the hardest to beat in Pinstripe Lane,” winning jockey Chad Schofield said after the race.
“He did everything for me and I peeled him out quiet early and got him rolling and Pinstripe Lane ran me off the course a bit in the straight, but gee my bloke tried hard.
“He just kept winding up and it was a very brave win.
“The trainer Henry Dwyer was very confident and the horse looked a million dollars in the yard and I wouldn’t have swapped him for anything.
“He looked absolutely perfect and he said he would win and he was right.”
It was a fairytale result for connections after Sonntag almost died after suffering an infection just after being bought in late 2013.
2014 Queensland Derby Winner & Full Results
|1||7||SONNTAG||Henry Dwyer||Chad Schofield||–||5||57kg||$13|
|2||4||PINSTRIPE LANE (NZ)||Troy Corstens||Damien Oliver||0.2L||7||57kg||$5.50|
|3||2||VILANOVA (NZ)||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||0.7L||13||57kg||$4.80F|
|4||16||ROCK DIVA (NZ)||Tony Pike||Zac Purton||1.2L||12||55kg||$6|
|5||1||AMEXED (NZ)||Tony Gollan||Michael Rodd||2.5L||9||57kg||$12|
|6||6||BRING BACK||Mark Ashby||Glen Boss||2.9L||3||57kg||$61|
|7||11||ELUSIVE RUNNER||John Sargent||Tommy Berry||3L||1||57kg||$10|
|8||9||TAKEWING||Jason Coyle||Blake Shinn||3.2L||2||57kg||$71|
|9||17||TELEPATHIC (NZ)||Donna Logan||Mark Du Plessis||4L||14||55kg||$9|
|10||12||POP ’N’ SCOTCH||John P Thompson||Ryan Wiggins||4.8L||11||57kg||$81|
|11||14||METEOROLOGIST||Marcus Wilson||Jim Byrne||5.8L||16||57kg||$151|
|12||10||COLONEL CARRERA (NZ)||Graeme & Debbie Rogerson||Timothy Bell||6.3L||17||57kg||$101|
|13||5||HAPPY AS HELL||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||Dwayne Dunn||6.6L||10||57kg||$26|
|14||18||GRANADOS||Toby Edmonds||Chris Munce||6.8L||8||55kg||$201|
|15||15||AUBERGE||John O’Shea||Kerrin McEvoy||7.6L||6||57kg||$17|
|16||8||OUTSTRIP||Brad Herne||Brad Stewart||8.1L||4||57kg||$151|
|17||3||RUDY||Helen Page||Hugh Bowman||12.9L||18||57kg||$15|
|18||13||OUR UNCLE ARCHIE||Steve Englebrecht||Damian Browne||59.9L||15||57kg||$101|
|–||20e||DECKHAND (NZ)||Michael Moroney||–||–||0||–||–|
|–||19e||LEVER LEVER (NZ)||Matthew Dunn||–||–||0||–||–|