‘Ultimate warrior’ Yozo Bale finally cracked a Group 2 Geelong Gold Cup (520m) tonight at his third attempt!
One of six ‘local’ finalists in the $50,000 to-the-winner event, Yozo Bale ($5.10) – trained at Anakie by Correy Grenfell – stalked early leader Aston Merit ($5.00) throughout before finishing strongly to score by two and a half lengths in a slick 29.69sec – only three lengths off the track record.
The heavily backed Substantial ($3.50F) was a further three-quarters of a length away third in completing a ‘Geelong region’ trifecta.
Yozo Bale, a four-year-old veteran, finished second last year and eighth in 2020. He was quoted by TAB pre-post as a $16.00 chance to take out this year’s Cup.