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coming from well back, just ahead of fourth-placegetter Masthead who was second-favourite in the market behind the withdrawn Helmet.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.
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2011 VRC Sires Produce Stakes Finishing Order
|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