Thermal Current Back to Best
Tara Madgwick - Thursday November 8
Eight year-old Exceed and Excel gelding Thermal Current had not won a race since February 2017, but ended the drought in style at Flemington on Oaks Day with a dazzling last to first win in the Listed VRC Absolut Stakes (1000m).


Prepared by Darren Weir and ridden by Craig Williams, Thermal Current had been racing consistently and rediscovered his best form to fly home from last under a cold ride from Craig Williams to snatch a narrow win.

Thermal Current on the left in lime green - images Grant Courtney"I did push the button extremely late, but he really flew when I asked him," said Williams.

A homebred for Contract Racing, Thermal Current has the overall record of eight wins and 15 placings from 53 starts with prizemoney in excess of $800,000.

"You have to do everything right on this horse to win and he(Craig) did it," said Darren Weir.

"He has to be ridden really quiet, so he can relax and show that sharp turn of foot."

Thermal Current is out of stakes-winner Soaressa, a half-sister to Group I winner Eagle Way and stakes-winners Assertive Eagle and Impressive Eagle.

Soaressa has a yearling filly by Exceed and Excel and had a colt this spring by Astern.

Thermal Current is the fourth stakes-winner this season for Darley's champion sire Exceed and Excel and continues a great run of success over the Flemington Carnival for the Darley sires.

Absolut Stakes LR 1000m
Flemington Track: Good(4) Time: 0:57.33
1
0.2
Thermal Current
T: D K Weir J: Craig Williams 56
8g Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Soaressa (AUS) (Twining (USA))
2
0.2
Kaepernick
T: J A O'Shea J: T Angland 58
7g Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Volcada (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $400,000
V:Broadwater Thoroughbreds
B: JOHN O'SHEA RACING PTY LTD $400,000
3
0.3
I'll Have A Bit
T: John McArdle J: J Mott 57
4m Smart Missile (AUS) x Take All Of Me (AUS) (Jeune (GB))
Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale $48,000
V:Basinghall Farm, Nagambie
B: Redgum Racing $48,000
4
0.5
Faatinah
T: D and B Hayes and T Dabernig J: J Crowley 59
6g Nicconi (AUS) x Alqwah (IRE) (Danehill (USA))
5
0.9
Fell Swoop
T: Matthew Dale J: Tommy Berry 56
7g Not A Single Doubt (AUS) x Touched In Flight (AUS) (Fasliyev (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Summer Book $45,000
V:Dartbrook Downs Thoroughbreds, Scone
B: M Dale $45,000
6
1.4
Malibu Style
T: N D Parnham J: Chris Parnham 56
7g Magnus (AUS) x Origami (AUS) (Fusaichi Pegasus (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Summer Book $40,000
V:Bowness Stud, Young
B: N Parnham $40,000
7
2.4
She Knows
T: D A Williams J: C W Brown 54
4m Denman (AUS) x Wintour (AUS) (Commands (AUS))
8
2.6
Bandipur
T: James Cummings J: J Bowman 56
4h Commands (AUS) x Pattamada (AUS) (Viscount (AUS))
9
4.4
Illustrious Lad
T: Peter Gelagotis J: A Darmanin 56
7g I Am Invincible (AUS) x Industrious (AUS) (Zeditave (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $40,000
V:Yarraman Park Stud
B: ANTHONY PANOZZO $40,000
10
4.7
Working From Home
T: Daniel Bowman J: L Nolen 54.5
5m Time Thief (AUS) x Super Seleccion (CAN) (Seattle Slew (USA))
11
4.8
Holy Blade
T: D K Weir J: M Zahra 57
4h I Am Invincible (AUS) x Amphritite (AUS) (Statoblest (IRE))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $180,000
V:Yarraman Park Stud, Scone
B: Yu Long Investments (Australia) Pty Ltd $180,000
12
5.6
Viridine
T: James Cummings J: Damian Lane 59
4h Poet's Voice (GB) x Patina (AUS) (Anabaa (USA))
13
5.7
Late Charge
T: D J McCarthy J: Jamie Kah 56
8g Hard Spun (USA) x Fantagonal (AUS) (Octagonal (NZ))
14
7.2
Super Cash
T: Andrew Noblet J: J B McDonald 58.5
6m Written Tycoon (AUS) x Super Bucks (AUS) (Dash For Cash (AUS))
15
9.0
Written Choice
T: Logan McGill J: S Baster 56
4h Written Tycoon (AUS) x Rate The Choice (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $230,000
V:Woodside Park Stud Tylden Vic
B: Mark Riley $230,000
16
12.0
Lucy Rose
T: J M Cleary J: N Callow 54
4m I Am Invincible (AUS) x Lucys Loot (AUS) (Star Of The Magi (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $50,000
V:Bowness Stud Young NSW
B: Joe Cleary $50,000