2011 VRC Sires Produce Stakes Won by Running Tall – Flemington Race 3 Results

Running Tall

Running Tall wins the 2011 VRC Sires Produce Stakes

Improving colt Running Tall has won the $300,000 Group 2 VRC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) at Flemington’s Super Saturday of Racing, giving trainer Danny O’Brien back-to-back wins in the two-year-olds’ feature.

Twelve months ago O’Brien won the VRC Sires Produce Stakes with Shamrocker, who claimed an upset in the Group 1 Australian Guineas at Flemington last Saturday March 5.

Today O’Brien went one better in a brilliant training effort scored the 2011 VRC Sires Produce Stakes Quinella with Running Tall and Decirles finishing one-two.

Early drama before the VRC Sires Produce Stakes jump with red-hot favourite, the Peter Snowden-trained Helmet, a late scratching.

Helmet played up in the barriers and was vetted, removed from gate one and quickly scratched following veterinary advice.

With the favourite out is was anyone’s race.

Triple-figure roughie of the field Isopach came out firing taking the early lead.

Delago’s Lad had a tough run deep on the speed racing three wide.

Eventual winner Running Tall was given a beautiful ride settling into second with Cash For Matt also settling well in third.

On the home straight Isopach held a shortening lead, but Running Tall soon threw down the challenge and shot to the lead with 250m to go.

Proving to be a lot fitter than last-start when seventh to Sepoy in the Blue Diamond Stakes, Stratum colt Running Tall continued to pull away to score a dominant win.

On the line Running Tall ($11) finished two lengths ahead of stablmate Decircles.

In a photo-finish for third Grand Britannia finished off the Trifecta after coming from well back, just ahead of fourth-placegetter Masthead who was second-favourite in the market behind the withdrawn Helmet.

Today was Running Tall’s maiden win from four career starts.

Next up on the Flemington programme Whobegotyou is odds-on favourite to win the $250,000 Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m).

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2011 VRC Sires Produce Stakes Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Jockey Trainer Weight Margin
1st 6 RUNNING TALL(4) Ben Melham Danny O’Brien 55.5 1-24.24
2nd 10 DECIRCLES(3) Dwayne Dunn Danny O’Brien 55.5 2.0L
3rd 4 GRAND BRITANNIA(9) Damien Oliver Robbie Laing 55.5 3.0L
4th 1 MASTHEAD(7) Craig Williams Lee Freedman 55.5 3.1L
5th 7 CASH FOR MATT(2) Danny Nikolic Rick Hore-Lacy 55.5 4.1L
6th 9 MINUTE BY MINUTE(5) Steven Arnold David Hayes 55.5 4.2L
7th 11 ISOPACH(6) Craig Newitt John P Thompson 55.5 4.4L
8th 2 DELAGO’S LAD(8) Chris Symons John McArdle 55.5 4.5L
Src 3 HELMET Mark Zahra Peter Snowden
Src 5 ROCKSHAFT Jason Maskiell Robert Smerdon
Src 8 COVERED IN CLASS Luke Nolen Peter G Moody

Photo courtesy (c) Taron Clarke Photography