Linked In jumped well and showed early speed to lead the field before fighting down the straight with race favourite Eclair Mystic. The Robert Smerdon trained Eclair Mystic only just managed to pull away and win the Zeditave Stakes from a fast finishing Spirited Eagle and a strong Linked In holding onto third. Spirited Eagle had an impressive run to snatch second from Linked In after being well back coming into the straight. Ridden by jockey Chris Symons, Eclair Mystic won by 0.2 of a length.
Second favourite and Caulfield Guineas winner Anacheeva never threatened and was at the tail of the field for most of the race before finishing 7th.
The next race on the card today at Caulfield for Australia Day racing is Race 6, the Listed John Dillon Stakes over 1400m – see John Dillon Stakes Tips.
Caulfield Race 5 Results – Zeditave Stakes
|1st||4||ECLAIR MYSTIC(4)||Chris Symons||Robert Smerdon||55.5||1-10.69|
|2nd||5||SPIRITED EAGLE(9)||Clare Lindop||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||55.5||0.2L|
|3rd||9||LINKED IN(10)||Michael Rodd||Mark Kavanagh||54.0||0.3L|
|4th||7||SERVANT(3)||Ben Melham||Peter G Moody||55.0||0.6L|
|5th||8||ROADTRAIN(6)||Damien Oliver||Tony Vasil||54.0||1.4L|
|6th||3||RUN FOR LEVI(5)||Craig Newitt||John P Thompson||56.5||2.1L|
|7th||1||ANACHEEVA(7)||Luke Nolen||Peter G Moody||57.5||2.3L|
|8th||2||HOLLOWLEA(8)||Nicholas Hall||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||57.5||2.4L|
|9th||6||MISTER MONEYPENNY(2)||Craig Williams||Shane A Edwards||55.5||8.4L|
|10th||10||MANNY IS BACK(1)||John Dertilis||Emmanuel Spyrou||54.0||15.4L|
Photo courtesy (c) Taron Clarke Photography