First Stakes Win for Cloud 9 Thoroughbreds and now to the Group 1!

Former Group I-winning jockey Brent Stanley tasted his first stakes success as a trainer with two-year-old filly Veuvelicious in the Adina Apartment Hotels Listed Fernhill Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Stanley was able to briefly steal The Championships spotlight when the promising Veuvilicous raced away from her rivals in the opening event on a drying Randwick track.

The daughter of Northern Meteor took her record to two wins and two placings from five career starts with a dominant win and gave Stanley a timely boost as a trainer after preparing his first metropolitan winner only a month ago.

Veuvelicious was ridden close to the speed by Damien Oliver before pouncing on the leaders soon after the field turned for home, defeating the Peter Snowden-trained Careless by 3-1/4 lengths and Careless' stablemate Gouldian 1-1/2 lengths away in third.

"Great feeling to just be able to prepare a horse to compete against these calibre of horses and trainers that do it year in and year out," Stanley said.

"These are all the yearlings we bought last year coming through so it's just good that we bought well and they are racing well. It's great to win for these clients, my wife and brother are in her and David Moodie, who is a huge supporter of mine.

"She's very versatile, I was saying to the owners this has actually improved a couple of lengths from last week believe it or not and she's about to peak now."

As a jockey, Stanley enjoyed Group I success aboard Arctic Scent in the 1996 Caulfield Cup and could again triumph at the elite level as soon as next Saturday should Veuvelicious line up in the Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.

"I can't see why not, she's the right horse to back-up with as long as she pulls up well," he said.

"We won't make any rash decisions but I've got a funny feeling she will be better next week."

The market: Veuvelicious eased from $1.80 to $2.35 before firming back into $2.25 favourite. Careless also eased, from $4.60 to $6 before shortening into $5. Gouldian drifted from $6 to $7. Outside the placegetters, Khrysler was $12 into $11 and Cyclone firmed from $15 into $8. The on-course market closed at 112 percent.

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Meanwhile down at Warracknabeel at an Easter Saturday Non-TAB meeting, Crystal Ruby made it a double after demolishing her rivals in the 1000m maiden by 4.25 lengths. Jockey Nathan Stanley had plenty in reserve when crossing the line to give the half-sister to Golden Slipper winner Crystal Lily, her first of what will hopefully many wins.

Congratulations to everyone involved with Cloud 9 Thoroughbreds and thankyou for your hard work and dedication to our operation. The support we have received from the wider racing community and followers has also been overwhelming.

From the Team at Cloud 9, we thank you all and lets hope we can pull off a long term plan next Saturday and win the Group 1 Champagne stakes!

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