2010 Eclipse Stakes Won by Viking Hero

On Saturday November 13 Betfair Park Sandown Hillside hosted the final Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival meeting and towards the end of the day four-year-old Viking Hero claimed a long overdue victory in the $125,000 Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m).

In a brave display on a Heavy 9 track at the Sandown Racecourse, the Michael Moroney-trained Viking Hero ($7.50) dug deep and scored a comprehensive one and a half length victory over Davcon ($18) with $3.20 favourite Niblick coming in a close third.

It was an impressive win considering connections nearly scratched the eventual Eclipse Stakes winner Viking Hero from the field due to the rain-affected track conditions.

After settling well back in the field, Viking Hero and jockey Mark Zahra were sitting last with 400 metres to go before pulling out a powerful finishing burst to quicken on the straight, running out wide to pass all his rivals and claim the win.

Elvstroem gelding Viking Hero has now won two of their 15 career starts for $150,942 in prize money with more glory likely to follow in the autumn for the improving galloper.

Other Sandown race results from Saturday including Zipping’s historic fourth consecutive win in the Group 2 Sandown Classic (2400m) and the return to form of Sydney galloper Pressday in the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m).

The racing season continues in WA with the Perth Summer Carnival kicking off this Saturday, the Ascot meeting headlined by the Group 1 Railway Stakes.

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2010 Eclipse Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Jockey Trainer Weight Margin
1st 15 VIKING HERO(9) Mark Zahra Michael Moroney 54.5 1-55.21
2nd 8 DAVCON(8) Ben Melham Heath Conners 54.5 1.5L
3rd 10 NIBLICK(5) Nicholas Hall Robert Hickmott 54.5 1.6L
4th 2 SADALBARI(6) Ibrahim Gundogdu Michael Kent 56.5 1.8L
5th 9 INFLUENTIAL MISS(2) Steven King Pat Carey 54.5 2.6L
6th 12 THE BIG STEEL(3) Danny Nikolic Matt Laurie 54.5 4.3L
7th 11 TOKEN OF HONOUR(4) Craig Williams David Hayes 54.5 8.1L
8th 1 TAGUS(7) Dwayne Dunn John P Thompson 57.0 8.5L
9th 13 OUR TIGRESS(1) Craig Newitt Michael Moroney 54.5 28.5L
Src 3 HANKS Luke Nolen Peter G Moody
Src 4 PACINO Les Beer Clinton McDonald
Src 5 FAST FUTURE Michael Rodd Russell Cameron
Src 6 ERASET James Winks Danny O’Brien
Src 7 ABSOLUTE FAITH Chris Symons John McArdle
Src 14 WORK THE ROOM Glen Boss Colin Little