Goon Serpent Wins 2011 Queen of the South Stakes

April 18th, 2011

In a major upset for the punters at Morphettville, the David Jolly-trained Goon Serpent overcame the odds and found their feet to score a tidy win in the $175,000 Group 2 Queen of the South Stakes (1600m) on Saturday.

Originally one of the emergencies of the 2011 Queen of the South Stakes field, four-year-old Reset mare Goon Serpent made it into the race following the early scratching of Belscenica and Mont Fleuri.

In a masterful ride by jockey Nicholas Hall, Goon Serpent ($31) was able to run down and defeat $4.60 equal race favourite Lady Lynette by just over a length while Ocean Challenger ($31) finished of the trifecta a further half-length back for third.

The disappointment of the day was the Michael Moroney-trained Platinum Passion ($4.60EF) who failed to overcome her far outside draw (barrier 16) and finished ninth.

Goon Serpent, purchased for just $14,000 at the Inglis Sales, has now won four of her 10 career starts for over $150,000 in prize money.

Jolly will now aim her at the Listed Centaurea Stakes (2000m) at Morphettville on SA Derby Day, Sunday May 8.

Jolly also enjoyed a win in the day’s other feature race, the Group 3 D.C. McKay Stakes (1100m) with Streetcar Magic who could progress onto the 2011 Group 1 The Goodwood in three weeks time.

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2011 Queen of the South Stakes Results

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 18e GOON SERPENT David Jolly Nicholas Hall 4 55.5kg $31
2 1 LADY LYNETTE David & Scott Brunton Michael Guthrie 1.1L 5 58.5kg $4.60EF
3 5 OCEAN CHALLENGER Darren Magro Shayne Cahill 1.6L 6 58kg $31
4 10 WINDARRA PLACE Terry & Karina O’Sullivan Dom Tourneur 1.7L 9 57kg $11
5 2 MAJESTIC MUSIC Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Ms Clare Lindop 1.7L 3 58.5kg $5
6 15 PUBLIC HOLIDAY John P Thompson Ryan Maloney 2L 12 55.5kg $21
7 8 BELIEVE ’N ACHIEVE Mark Kavanagh Simon Price 2.3L 2 57kg $13
8 9 TAMPIKO Peter G Moody Ben Melham 3L 13 57kg $8.50
9 11 PLATINUM PASSION Michael Moroney Mark Zahra 3.4L 16 57kg $4.60EF
10 17e SEDUCED Michael Kent Nathan Rose (a) 3.6L 8 55.5kg $19
10 3 DANE JULIA (SAF) Lee Freedman Michael Walker 3.6L 10 58.5kg $51
12 4 NAKAAYA Mick Price Craig Newitt 4.5L 7 58.5kg $8
13 14 MISS WITH ATTITUDE Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Chad Lever 4.9L 15 55.5kg $41
14 16 FURLINE Phillip Stokes Matthew Neilson 5.2L 1 55.5kg $41
15 12 ZANTELAGH Mark Kavanagh Todd Pannell 5.6L 14 57kg $18
16 13 PREVENTABLE John P Thompson Paul Gatt 7.9L 11 57kg $41
SCR 19e OUR TIGRESS Michael Moroney 0
SCR 6 BELSCENICA Tony Noonan 0
SCR 7 MONT FLEURI Lee Freedman Nicholas Hall 0