Home Affairs will emerge as the most valuable racehorse out of the Melbourne Cup carnival after a stunning win in the $1.5 million Coolmore Stud Stakes.
In a race for three-year-olds that is highly prized from a thoroughbred breeding industry perspective, the Coolmore turned into a cakewalk for Home Affairs.
As a colt owned by the sponsors of the race, Home Affairs’ future as a stallion is assured, making him worth a conservative $30 million.
Home Affairs gave trainer Chris Waller his fifth win in the past eight editions of the Coolmore as well as his third victory on Derby day.
He also brought up a treble for jockey James McDonald who was full of superlatives for his mount.
“He was electric today … nothing could keep up with him,” McDonald said.
Home Affairs raced in the leading division before taking control at the 400m.
And when McDonald reached for more rein, the race was as good as over with Home Affairs ($5) beating Bruckner ($81) by three lengths.
Artorius ($9) took the minor placing.
Damien Oliver equalled a Melbourne Cup carnival record with a masterful piece of horsemanship to win the Empire Rose Stakes.
Oliver brought Colette between horses after saving ground from the second half of the field, earning the plaudits of trainer James Cummings.
“That’s the ride of the season, for mine,” Cummings said.
The victory marked Oliver’s 24th at the elite level over the Flemington carnival and he now shares the record with Bobbie Lewis.
It was also his fourth win in a race that is the premier weight-for-age test for fillies and mares during the Australian spring.
“She’s a little darling. There’s not much of her but she’s got a ton of heart,” Oliver said.
Colette was put on a spring campaign that had the Caulfield Cup as her primary target but a setback cost the mare her chance to contest the race.
“She deserves all the accolades she gets. An absolutely beautiful mare for the stable,” Cummings said.
Oliver later made the record his own when he produced a mirror-image ride on Superstorm to land the Cantala Stakes.