Fantastic Five




Well, what a day! Spring Carnival is in full swing and the team saddled up runners in three states on Saturday - at Caulfield on Guineas Day, a small team up to Royal Randwick, and an even smaller team across to Morphettville.

With Group runners throughout the day and Brave Smash representing the stable in the first ever running of the world's richest race on turf - the $10 million 'The Everest' there were plenty of nerves and excitement as the winners began to roll in.

Returning from an almost career ending tendon injury, Gailo Chop (Top left) was having his fifth run this campaign and showed everyone he is back to his absolute best. With a great front running ride from Mark Zahra, Gailo kicked clear in the straight and went on for an outstanding victory in the $1 million Caulfield Stakes - our first of two Group 1's for the day.

After the excitement of Gailo Chop securing Group 1 glory for the second time in his career it was Tosen Stardom (left) who made it a Group 1 double with a thoroughly deserved victory at the top level. Jumping away from one of the outside barriers with Damian Lane on board, he drifted back to slot in just off midfield. He got a cart into the straight before peeling widest and swooping down the outside - breaking clear and going on for a thrilling win. After a series of gallant performances in his Australian runs prior it was just great to see him break through at Group 1 level.


Whilst the team was getting the job done in Victoria there was no less excitement up in New South Wales after Big Duke (bottom left) saluted for his first victory this campaign in the time-honoured $500,000 St Leger. Travelling in the box seat and looking the winner a long way out Big Duke made easy work of it - holding off his nearest rival by 0.8 lengths.


Following Big Duke's victory we saddled up Brave Smash (bottom right) in the big one. The excitement really built around the track and the atmosphere was electric as the horses were loaded into the stalls for the inaugural $10 million event. Settling in a midfield position on the fence with English jockey Jamie Spencer on board he tracked up nicely into the straight and weaved his way clear at the 300m and ran on strongly to finish third, just one length shy of the winner Redzel - an absolutely amazing achievement and effort by the horse! His 'brave' performance saw him collect a total of $800,000 in prize money for finishing third.


And finally let's not forget the performance of Savaheat (top right) breaking through for his maiden win in the Listed Hill Smith Stakes at Morphettville over 1800m. After settling at the tail of the field, Savaheat turned on the afterburners turning for home and left his rivals for dead going on to win by a widening 2 length margin. It was so pleasing to see the Savabeel colt deliver on what he had been promising to do, and his win made it 3 metropolitan wins in 8 days for owner Peter and Winnie Law.


 A huge congratulations to everyone involved in what was an amazing day of Spring racing!


Photos: Racing Photos and Atkins Photography




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