The Mark Kavanagh-trained Sound Journey won the fourth race at Cox Plate Day this afternoon, beating a crack field in the $200,000 Group 2 Patinack Farm Crystal Mile (1600m) at Moonee Valley.
After a delayed start due to Gold Salute putting up a fight to get into the stalls, six-year-old entire Sound Journey was ridden patiently by Michael Rodd and fought hard in the final strides to secure a narrow win and maintain his unbeaten record over the mile.
The John Thompson-trained Gathering settled at the front of the field and lead throughout before being put under heavy pressure on the home straight.
Gathering soon faded back while Sound Journey and Trader moved up through the field.
A big late run from the Anthony Cummings-trained Trader saw him hit the front and run clear, seemingly the winner.
Then Sound Journey ($15 Luxbet) stormed home finding the line just ahead of Trader with Peter Snowden’s Drumbeats finishing third.
Hot favourite Firebolt settled well back and was never a threat.
Sound Journey has had mixed form over his career, but trainer Kavanagh was happy with the result the addition on the tongue tie bought today, the son of Good Journey bringing his record to seven wins from 24 starts.
The next event on the card at Moonee Valley today is one punters have been waiting for – Race 5 the $300,000 Group 2 Schweppes Stakes (1200m).
Black Caviar is the hot favourite dominating the betting markets, but for more value the Races.com.au team are tipping Hot Danish to cause an upset at good odds through Luxbet.
Crystal Mile Results & Finishing Order
|1st||6||SOUND JOURNEY(9)||Michael Rodd||Mark Kavanagh||56.5||1-36.71|
|2nd||13||TRADER(3)||Michael Walker||Anthony Cummings||53.0||0.2L|
|3rd||2||DRUMBEATS(13)||Corey Brown||Peter Snowden||56.5||1.5L|
|4th||1||ROCK KINGDOM(12)||Nash Rawiller||Gai Waterhouse||57.5||2.5L|
|5th||9||SNOW ALERT(2)||Hugh Bowman||Chris Waller||55.5||3.5L|
|6th||11||GATHERING(5)||Craig Newitt||John P Thompson||55.0||4.2L|
|7th||4||LA ROCKET(7)||Dwayne Dunn||Dale Sutton||56.5||4.5L|
|8th||12||FIREBOLT(8)||Danny Nikolic||Roger James||54.0||6.3L|
|9th||10||THE SPORTSMAN(4)||Nicholas Hall||Russell Cameron||55.5||6.4L|
|10th||8||ROCKPECKER(1)||Craig Williams||Ken Fythe||55.5||6.6L|
|11th||7||CONQUERING(10)||Blake Shinn||Charlie Goggin||56.0||7.6L|
|12th||5||POOR JUDGE(11)||Darren Gauci||Norm Hilton||56.5||8.3L|
|13th||3||GOLD SALUTE(6)||Mark Pegus||Mark Riley||56.5||8.4L|