Nine Tenors on song at Belmont

Nine Tenors thrashed her rivals in a brilliant return to racing at Belmont on Wednesday.

Nine Tenors (3f Oratorio – Metalady by Metal Storm) showed sizzling speed and kicked strongly to score by almost two lengths in the Westspeed 3YO Handicap (1000m).  At her only other outing, the filly pulled up sore after finishing fifth at Ascot in March.

Leading trainer Jim Taylor bought Nine Tenors for $30,000 from the Mungrup Stud draft at the 2010 Perth Magic Millions.  “I didn’t have any babies that could keep up with her last time in,” Taylor said.  “I told the owners she was worth something at 100/1 in the Karrakatta but she went shinsore.

“She’s a very racy filly,” he added.  “She trialled in driving rain a fortnight ago and her time on the day was comparable with the other trials in better conditions.”

Mungrup Stud’s Australian bred stallion Oratorio (Stravinsky) has sired 55 winners of 130 races headed by stakes winners Waratah’s Secret, Clueless Angel, Motion Pictures and Gold Rocks.

Nine Tenors is the first winner for Metalady who won races at Pinjarra and Bunbury for Cowboy Macpherson in November 2001.