A Belated Stakes Win for O'Lonhro's Mamzelle Tess
Mark Smith - Friday March 20

There would be very few mares that take until they are seven years old to breakthrough at stakes level but few would deny the tough-as-teak O’Lonhro mare Mamzelle Tess her moment in the sun.

It came in Friday night’s Group II Sheamus Mills Sunline Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley and it was a typically gritty performance.Mamzelle Tess (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

When it looked as if Hugh Bowman on Bam's On Fire had her measure, Mamzelle Tess rallied under Ben Thompson in the final 100 metres to defeat Bam's On Fire (Universal Ruler) by a half-length with Fidelia (Not A Single Doubt) one and a quarter lengths back in third.

Trained by Leon and Troy Corstens, Mamzelle Tess advances her record to 8 wins, 7 seconds and 13 thirds from 47 starts with earnings of $623,680.

“She deserves it. She’s run some terrific races with not much luck that just topped it off, Leon Corstens said.   

“The only other time she won at a mile was here so we though we would give this a crack.

“She might be in her last prep but you will definitely see her again.”

The Naismith family homebred is sixth and final foal of the Sarason (At Talaq) mare Phoenix Crown whose family has been devoid of a stakes-winner for four generations dating back to the AJC Derby, AJC Doncaster H., All-Aged Stakes, Metropolitan H., and two-time VRC LKS Mackinnon Stakes winner Belmura Lad.

Mamzelle Tess becomes the first stakes-winner for Larneuk Stud’s Group II AJC Chelmsford Stakes winner O’Lonhro (Lonhro) who covered 33 mares last spring at a fee of $5,500.


Sheamus Mills Sunline Stakes Gr2 1600m
Moonee Valley Track: Good(3) Time: 1:35.72
Mamzelle Tess
T: L & T Corstens J: Ben Thompson 57
7m O'Lonhro (AUS) x Phoenix Crown (AUS) (Sarason (AUS))
Bam's On Fire
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: J Bowman 57
4m Universal Ruler (AUS) x Im Your Fire (NZ) (Holy Roman Emperor (IRE))
T: R D Griffiths J: Jye McNeil 57
4m Not A Single Doubt (AUS) x Fidele (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $170,000
V:Attunga Stud Scone NSW
B: Griffiths Racing/Peter Ford T'breds/McKeever B'stock
Spanish Reef
T: K M Keys J: M Zahra 57
6m Lope De Vega (IRE) x Lemon Reef (USA) (Lemon Drop Kid (USA))
Princess Jenni
T: D R Brideoake J: D Oliver 57
4m High Chaparral (IRE) x Glitzabeel (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $120,000
V:Phoenix Park
B: Mr A Ottobre
Moonlight Maid
T: Mitchell Freedman J: M J Dee 54
3f Puissance De Lune (IRE) x Manhattan Maid (AUS) (Choisir (AUS))
T: M Ellerton & S Zahra J: B Melham 57
4m Lonhro (AUS) x Nakaaya (AUS) (Tiger Hill (IRE))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Vinery Stud, Scone
B: First Light Racing / Ellerton Zahra / Paul Willetts Bloodstock
T: Bjorn Baker J: Damian Lane 57
6m Snitzel (AUS) x Kirovskaya (AUS) (French Deputy (USA))
MM National Yearling Sale $90,000
V:Arrowfield Stud Scone NSW
B: Darby Racing
She's On Time
T: Ms C Alderson J: Ethan Brown 57
4m Reliable Man (GB) x Vicky (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $70,000
V:Highden Park
B: Beamish Bloodstock