The $100,000-to-the-winner invitational Group 1 Temlee (525m) at The Meadows hasn’t been the happiest of stomping grounds for Rowsley trainer Anthony Azzopardi – but, boy oh boy, didn’t he ‘raise a riot’ tonight.
Azzopardi finished sixth and third in 2016 and 2017 respectively with Zambora Brockie, and sixth with Raw Ability in 2018.
But it was reigning G1 Melbourne Cup hero Whiskey Riot, who broke the Temlee ‘hoodoo’.
One of the most decorated sprinters currently racing, Whiskey Riot ($4.00) made light work of box five to defeat recent G1 Paws Of Thunder winner King Cratos ($6.20) by nearly five and a half lengths, with reserve runner Slingshot Hammer ($10.50) two lengths away third in 29.96sec.
It was his third win, with two seconds and one third, from six starts over The Meadows 525m journey.
Race favourite Simon Told Helen ($2.70) finished eighth after sustaining interference at the first turn.
However, Whiskey Riot is making a habit of breaking a jinx. He won last year’s Melbourne Cup following placings in the Topgun, Adelaide Cup and Maturity Classic – all at G1 level.
Since then, Whiskey Riot (Jan ’17 Fernando Bale x Ready To Riot) has also contested the G2 Ballarat Cup (2nd) and G2 Warragul Cup (4th).
WATCH: Whiskey Riot (5) takes out the Temlee in convincing fashion.
Owner Sandra Camden-Bermingham, who hails from Schofields in NSW, was ecstatic with the win.
“It’s just unbelievable, “Red” is an absolute champion,” she told GRV’s Molly Haines. “The way he recovered from the first turn and then came on to win that race is just awesome. Words can’t describe how proud we are of him.”
Camden-Bermingham added that Whiskey Riot grew up a “gorgeous pup.
He was very quiet, very thoughtful and just a joy.”
Whiskey Riot has raced on 40 occasions for 19 wins, 11 seconds and two thirds. His prize money catapulted to $740,810.
Pawnote: It was a big night for Azzopardi who also won the G1 Zoom Top (725m) with NSW staying idol Just Terms.
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