Over the past week we were treated to some incredible metro racing with of course the Group 1 TAB Melbourne Cup the feature, so let’s take a look back the brilliant week of chasing.
The Melbourne Cup may not have turned out the way many expected or hoped, but the sensational performance of Dyna Double One was hard not to blown away by. Here’s how the star kennel mates fought the race out…
Australia’s greatest Fernando Bale made an uncharacteristic error at box rise which had him stepping only midfield.
A line of four went charging into the first bend but the mighty Fernando Bale had too much pace to burn off Dyna Double One who then checked off heels and lost valuable lengths.
As they went to the back straight Fernando Bale had a good four lengths to spare over Dyna Double One, but as they left the back straight a blowout was simmering. As they swung for home chasing the $420,000 winner’s prize, It was Dyna Double One who flew to grab Fernando Bale in a memorable finish, with Black Illusion claiming the $60,000 third prize.
WATCH: Replay of the 2015 TAB Melbourne Cup.
The Bold Trease at Group 1 level was the other elite race on the night. Bourbski Fever (pictured top) took the next step as she finished from a seemingly hopeless position mid race.
The tactics were so very similar to the mighty Sweet It Is over the past few years and there’s no doubting it’s an exciting brand of racing to watch. Ryno’s Raider wound up second with Luna Jinx third, but all honours are with the by far superior stayer Bourbski Fever.WATCH: Bourbski Fever (3) flew home to win the Bold Trease in a style of racing reminiscent to Sweet It Is.
Two Group Listed events were conducted as Quaddie legs along with the two Group 1s. The Cup night sprint was won so very impressively by Unlawful Entry, who handled a seemingly awkward draw to perfection as he defeated a hot field of open class sprinters to pocket the $15,000 winner’s cheque (Replay).
The Cup night middle distance had Cosmic Owl leading from barrier to box as she staved off a wall of chasers in the Group Listed event. Without taking anything away from the winner, the second place getter’s run has to be seen to be believed – it was massive effort from the runner up Xtreme Knocka (Replay).
The other of the features was conducted as the second race of the night and the Sale to City final was won by the in-form Panic Station for young trainer Jessica Hopkins in 29.78 (Replay).
The midweek Meadows meeting held 12 competitive races but there were just two victories the caught my eye. Perfect Tess exploded around the 600m distance with a group class win with the clock stopping at a red hot 34.25 (Replay) whilst Cashin’ In proved his last win was no fluke as he flew again running a 29.80 (Replay) for the 525m.
Hush Now also impressed as he showed a good turn of foot initially for record a smart 29.91 (Replay). There’s no doubting there will be plenty of wins for this terrific trio in the weeks ahead.
The Meadows conducted its usual 12 race program on Saturday night and there were plenty of runs to watch.
The racing began as the highly promising Allen Phanto railed his way into early contention and then showed sensational mid race pace to land the maiden final in 30.05 (Replay).
As the racing rolled on, the impressive winner kept rolling in. The fourth race was won by the potential superstar stayer It’s A Plane who showed exactly what he’s capable of with a smashing win in a slashing 42.36 over Linco Bale (Replay).
The old crowd favourite Cornelius Fudge charged home late to arrive on the post with narrow win in the fifth running 30.26 (Replay).
Ballerino controlled the FFA with a smart beginning and the Joe Borg trained sprinter was able to stave of a late and desperate challenge from Moreiera in a fast 29.88 (Replay) to claim the $6,260 first prize.
The Buckley-based Cockerell team had a night out at the metro venue after Polijuice Potion and Igor Karkaroff joined their kennel mate on the winners list in the latter part of the card.
Sandown Park on Sunday was highlighted by the performance of Fantastic Skye who won brillianty in the eighth on the card by four lengths in a fast 29.44 (Replay). The Greenough camp finished up with a training double after he won the third maiden heat with Excel Like Moses who recorded smart sections on the way to his 29.69 debut victory (Replay).
WATCH: Highlights from the 2015 TAB Melbourne Cup.