Normally when a filly has won a hat-trick, a jockey has completed back -to-back Oaks double and a trainer has won her first Oaks they can expect to dominate the story.
However, the 2013 WA Oaks classic (2400m) was upstaged when minority part-owner Shane Dunn took the opportunity to propose to his partner, Shawn Gallagher, (a female) at the trophy presentation.
He was accepted.
Dunn then formalised it by going down on bended knees.
Perth Racing CEO, Stephen Wicks, not to be outdone, said if the couple pick Ascot for their wedding celebrations venue “they can expect a generous discount.”
The race itself saw Troy Turner displaying his wares as arguably the best jockey of distance races in WA.
Turner won the Oaks last year on Pop Culture and has been at the helm of Moreish’s last three victories over 1800m, 2200m and finally the 2400m journey.
Turner had the Sharon Miller trained filly bowling along in a relaxed fashion with only three behind her.
Glen Boss had the Victorian visitor, and favourite, Scarletini, perfectly placed in fourth on the fence for much of the trip, finishing in that position.
“I thought Glen was in a bit of trouble at the 500m,” Turner said after the race. Boss may have received windburn a little later when Moreish wound up!
“I had her a bit closer to them (the leaders) today and she is so clean winded that she can run all day,” is how Turner described the diminutive filly’s slashing victory.
Summah’s Touch and Pants on Friar simply trailed in her wake when Turner asked for an effort.
Sharon Miller said, “she is simply gorgeous,” adding that “it had taken an eternity” for her to break her maiden status.
“Early on she got pushed around in her races but she has strengthened as she has developed,” the trainer said of her 14.3hh galloper.
Moreish broke through in a Maiden over 1705m at Bunbury, at her 12th race start, on December 14 last year.
Since returning, in late February, the filly was sixth first-up before completing her hat-trick in her 17th start-and the most important one.
In the last 20 years eight fillies have won the Derby with five of them completing the Oaks-Derby double.
Turner, and his mount, could well have the ‘moreish feeling’ again on April 20.
Turner struck trouble on Pop Culture last year in the Derby, being squeezed approaching the turn, preventing that talented filly from adding the Derby to her Oaks win.
Given clear passage this year in the Derby it is hard to see Moreish losing on her current form and strong finishing run.
Certainly Bob Peters, a good judge and long time owner-breeder, after presenting her connections with the Natasha Stakes Trophy, on March 23, said that he could see Moreish winning both of the plum 3yo staying races.