Three major stakes races were contested on March 8 in Melbourne, Australia. The total purses for those three races were AUS$2.5 million and drew many of the top horses in the region. Australian Cup.
The headline event was the Aus$1million Australian Cup (Aus-I) run at Flemington racecourse. This year’s edition was captured by the 2013 Melbourne Cup winner, Fiorente.
The pace was set by front running Shamus Award, who coming off of a front-running victory in the Australian Guineas (Aus-I). He was being pressed by Green Moon through the early fractions. As Green Moon made his move at the 200 meter point, Fiorente was biding his time at the back of the pack. When the horses hit the stretch, Fiorente hit his best stride and exploded past the field to establish himself as the best handicap horse on the continent. Fiorente now has a record of 6 wins from 17 starts.
Lexus Newmarket Handicap In the co-featured Aus$1 million Lexus Newmarket Handicap (Aus-I) at Flemington, Lankan Rupee engaged the leaders through fast early fractions and found another gear to draw off late and claim his second straight Aus-1 level event. The 1,200 meter event was timed in 1:09.25 for the winner’s time with Spirit of Boom running second.
Chipping Norton Stakes The third Aus-1 event of the day was won by the fast closing Boban. By winning the Aus$500,000 Chipping Norton Stakes (Aus-I) at Warwick Farm racecourse, he was confirming his position as a top level horse in the handicap division. In victory, he was able to defeat the highly regarded favorite, It’s a Dundeel. This was Boban’s 9th victory from 21 starts for top Australian trainer Chris Waller.
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