Reykjavik has continued the remarkable winning run for WA raiders at interstate carnivals this spring.


The Lindsey Smith-trained galloper won the G3 Chatham Stakes (1400m) for Balmoral Park Stud owner Neil Irvine and breeder James Ch’ng on Saturday.  It was his second black-type victory at Flemington following the Winter Championship Final (1600m) in July.


Reykjavik followed the speed set by Streets Of Avalon before easing out to take the lead inside the 300m to hold the challenge of Admiral’s Joker (Bel Esprit).  “I thought he might have been a gallop short but he worked well at Warrnambool on Tuesday,” Smith said.  “He looked good in the yard and Dean (Yendall) made the most of the inside barrier.”


Still a stallion, he will return home for the Railway Stakes (1600m) and Kingstown Town Classic (1800m) as part of the TABtouch Masters at Ascot.  The Chatham sent his earnings past $600,000 and a Group 1 will improve his value as a stud prospect.


Reykjavik (Artie Schiller) is from Gibraltar Storm (Rock Of Gibraltar) who is a half-sister to NSW & Victorian stakes performer Storm Burst.  Second-dam Storm Fille (Thunder Gulch) was placed in the 2002 WA Derby & WA Oaks.


He joins Black Heart Bart (G1 Underwood Stakes) and Gatting (G1 Makybe Diva Stakes) on Melbourne’s spring roll-call while Come Play With Me (G1 Metropolitan) and Arcadia Queen (G2 Theo Marks Quality) were successful in Sydney.







Westspeed Platinum bonuses have been a windfall for owners and trainers in WA and they’re also a tremendous marketing tool for Magic Millions leading up to the Perth Yearling Sale. 

Smith dominates with Flemington double

The Flemington Finals raceday in July may belong to trainer Lindsey Smith if Saturday’s nine-race card at the venue is a sign of things to come. 

Proconsent Too Good In Provincial Final

PROCONSENT capped a lucrative day for owner Neil Irvine after winning the Sky Racing.TV-Provincial Championship Series Final (1400m) at Belmont on Saturday. 

Rapid-Fire Interstate Double For Irvine

The light blue and white checked colours of Rapid Equine were seen to advantage on either side of the continent on Saturday with Reykjavik (Flemington) and Proconsent (Belmont). 

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