The amazing form turnaround of OZ Racing’s 4yo Comfy gelding – Comfysofa continued at Ascot on Saturday, with a dominant victory in the Magic Millions Luckygray HCP 1400.
Scrapping into the field as the first emergency, there was high expectation for the Simon Miller trained gelding, following two tough wins at Pinjarra and mid-week at Ascot this preparation.
The horse was purchased by OZ Racing principal Bruce Saxild as a performed horse from leading WA breeders Gray and Jan Williamson of Mungrup Stud. Saxild said, “I like dealing with Gray, he tells it as it is, he was confident the horse had metropolitan class ability.”
“I’m expecting a call from Gray any day now, as part of the sale deal was that Mungrup Stud could buy back into the horse at any stage throughout his first campaign or opt for a bonus payment based on prize money earned”.
Having his first campaign for the Aquanita stable, Comfysofa had shown promise earlier in its career, saluting on debut in Bunbury, before a spate of mixed form on the Belmont winter track.
Commencing well from barrier one, hoop Jason Whiting executed a near perfect ride, allowing Comfysofa ($2.50 fav) to sit handy with cover in fourth position for the majority of the race. Swinging the turn, Whiting applied the gas, and Comfysofa responded, charging between runners to storm away in the straight for a comfy ¾ length win.
Saezuri ($17.00) put in its best run this preparation to hold second, while Dash For Home ($4.60) worked home well from tenth on the turn to secure third – a further two lengths adrift.
It was a welcomed victory for both OZ Racing and Aquanita, following a day of mixed results for both parties.
Earlier OZ Racing’s Bombora (trained by Miller) lost no fans after a brave first up third behind Rouge Dior over a non-preferred 1000m trip.
On a day of high expectation for the Miller camp, his other runners were on the receiving end of some bizarre upsets. Darlington Abbey was backed into favouritism for its Melbourne debut, only to finish last. The previously undefeated Grey Cheval succumbed to its heavy impost – going down by a length to $13 pop Magnifisio, while arguably the best bet of the day Mia China Doll failed to run out the 1200m – nailed by the $15 roughly Red Hot Sax.
Mungrup Stud figured prominently on the day having bred three of the eight winners – Rouge Dior (Stormy’s Son – French Vanilla), Galiletto (Galileo – Stormletto) and Comfysofa (Comfy – Sophie’s Waltz).