Source: Breednet //

Following her last start win in the Listed ATC Reginald Allen Quality (1400m) at Randwick on Everest day, the million dollar Snitzel filly Akari arrived in the nick of time in the Listed Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1400m) for three-year-old fillies at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day.

Ridden by James McDonald for trainer Brad Widdup, Akari came with a sweeping run from worse than midfield to deny Chris Waller a 4-timer when nosing out Betcha Flying (Uncle Mo) with Xilong (Deep Field) a neck back in third in a thriller where was less than three-quarters of a length covering the first five home.

“My gut feeling was that I got beat but I was proud of the effort because she jumped from the widest stall, I was wide throughout and she had the audacity to fight like a tiger,” McDonald said.

“She didn’t want to get beat so credit to her and Brad who has done a marvellous job. To do what she did today was just remarkable.”

Widdup said the Snitzel filly will be given a break and prepare for the autumn.

Purchased by Jadeskye Racing / Brad Widdup Racing / Andrew Williams Bloodstock for $1.050,000 from the Arrowfield Stud drat at the 2018 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Akari advances her record to 3 wins, 2 seconds and 1 third from 6 starts with earnings of $250,465.

Bred by Arrowfield and Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm, Akiri is a half-brother to Aerolithe (Kurofune) a Group 1-wining miler in Japan, out of the Neo Universe mare Asterix from the family of Champion Sprinter-Miler and two-time Group 1 winner Mikki Isle, currently serving his second book of mares at Arrowfield.

Granddam Stella Madrid (Aydar) was an elite performer in America with wins in the Gr 1 Matron Stakes, Gr 1 Frizette Stakes, Gr 1 Acorn Stakes and Gr 1 Spinaway Stakes.

Akari’s dam Asterix (JPN) (Neo Universe) was imported to Australia carrying the consistent Lord Kanaloa filly Achondrite who sports the colours of her breeder Katsumi Yoshida.

After being covered by Snitzel in 2017, Asterix was repatriated to Japan along with her Redoute’s Choice colt named Black Saladin.