Cotton Cup victory for Chiasma

FORBES-trained mare Chiasma took her prize money earnings beyond the $50,000 mark with a fast-finishing win in yesterday's $15,000 Qube Logistics Warren Cup (1600m).

Backing up from a win at Dubbo's Derby Day meeting the previous Saturday and with Cowra-based rider Mathew Cahill in the saddle, Chiasma ($7.00) made light work of a prior poor record at the mile journey to wear down Dane's Jewel ($8.00, Michael Travers) and deny that mare a third straight win in the race.

Platinum Touch ($31.00, Anthony Cavallo) ensured the Cup would be run at a strong tempo and as the field passed the half-way mark, the Rodney Robb-trained gelding had set up a six-length break on its rivals.

Meanwhile, Chiasma sat comfortably in fifth place and had relaxed nicely while Dane's Jewel was among the backmarkers with race favourite Domuar Miss ($4.60 eq fav, Hannah Martin).

As the field rounded the turn, Platinum Touch's lead had been whittled away and it was Dane's Jewel, who hadn't gone around a runner, that took advantage first.

The eight-year-old shot to the lead half-way down the straight but shortly after Chiasma loomed as a threat as it thundered out wide.

In a driving finish, Cahill was able to get everything out of the Honours List (IRE) x Trojan Moon mare as she recorded her fourth win from five starts this preparation - all four wins coming with Cahill in the saddle. Dane's Jewel held on to finish second, beaten half-a-length, with Poker Pro ($41.00, Daniel Pitomac) a further one-and-a-quarter lengths away in third.

Domuar Miss, a three-year-old filly having just her ninth race start, stormed home from the tail of the field to finish fourth.

Meanwhile, the form around Chiasma was franked earlier in the day when the Garry Lunn-trained Rockbuster ($6.50, Catherine Markwort) scored in the Chesterfield Australia Benchmark 50 Handicap (1400m).

Rockbuster had finished a close third behind Chiasma at the Derby Day meeting before coming out and beating Atomic Blaze ($3.80 fav, Kody Nestor) yesterday. The win was the sixth of the six-year-old Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE) x Poetique gelding's career and took his earnings past the $54,000 mark.


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