Cosmic Chief & Cosmic Diva Quinella Warrnambool Classic for Brown

It was a magic result for Lara-based trainer Darren Brown and owner-breeder Brian Parkinson last night as two of their young kennel stars ran the quinella in the $60,000 Group 2 Warrnambool Classic (450m).

In an intensely close finish, the $2.30 favourite Cosmic Chief held off their littermate Cosmic Diva ($12.70) by a mere half-head while Corretja ($12.10) finished a further 1 ¾ lengths away in third.

Brown had two other runners in the Classic final, Cosmic Planet ($8.90), who finished a respectable fifth beaten by just over two lengths, and Cosmic Brigid ($6.20) who was a well-beaten seventh.

The $1,200 fee it cost Parkinson to nominate the four littermates for the series was more than returned as they took out not only the $60,000-to-the-winner first prize but the runner-up winnings too.

Cosmic Chief (Brett Lee x Cosmic Goddess) has now won 12 of their 27 career starts for over $100,000 in prizemoney.

NOVA SURF WINS WARRNAMBOOL CUP

The other major race at the meeting was the $28,000 Group 2 Warrnambool Cup (450m) where prolific trainer Darren McDonald’s Nova Surf coasted to an impressive victory ahead of a classy field of rivals including her two more favoured kennelmates Gardam Prince and Goodesy.

In a classic all-the-way win, Nova Surf ($7.40) beat home the speedy Heather Collins-trained bitch Arsonist ($20.80) by 4 ¼ lengths with the classy Fedex ($4.30) a further ½ length away in third.

The hot pre-race favourite Goodesy ($2.60) was a well beaten fifth behind fourth placegetter and kennelmate Gardam Prince ($7).

The win, McDonald’s second Warrnambool Cup victory after his success with Axe Handle (2007), was Nova Surf’s 18th from 32 career starts and the $28,000 first prize elevated her total prizemoney to $95,000.

2010 Warrnambool Classic Results

Place

Dog

Trainer

Margin

1 COSMIC CHIEF D J Brown
2 COSMIC DIVA D J Brown 0.05
3 CORRETJA A Langton 1.50
4 GREYSYND THUNDER P C Anderton 1.55
5 COSMIC PLANET D J Brown 2.25
6 CHUNKA CHANGE R B Gilmore 3.75
7 COSMIC BRIGID D J Brown 6.00
8 YOUNG GAZZA K H Turner 6.25

2010 Warrnambool Cup Results

Place

Dog

Trainer

Margin

1 NOVA SURF D N McDonald
2 ARSONIST H L Collins 4.25
3 FEDEX J Thompson 4.75
4 GARDAM PRINCE D N McDonald 5.25
5 GOODESY D N McDonald 7.50
6 FANTASY PHOENIX A L Dailly 9.25
= 7 PAPA COOL T Cortese 9.50
= 7 RUFF IT T W Brett 9.50