Australian Cup Results – Shocking the 2011 Winner


Shocking wins the 2011 Australian Cup from Linton

After Black Caviar made history winning her 10th straight in the 2011 Newmarket Handicap the other Group 1 showdown on the Super Saturday race programme, the $1 million Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m), has been won by previous Melbourne Cup champion Shocking.

Hero of the Melbourne Cup back in 2009, the Mark Kavanagh-trained Shocking was back in the Flemington winners’ stall today becoming the 2011 Australian Cup hero in the most devastating fashion.

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Early on it was the likes of Kiwi stayer Ginga Dude and the Lloyd Williams-owned Mourayan who lead the field and set a blistering pace for the 2000m showdown.

Mourayan raced on very keenly leading by up to five lengths with around 900m left to travel.

Having drawn wide with barrier 12, Shocking and jockey Corey Brown were forced to settle well back in the field and the eventual winner was one of the last to corner on the turn for home.

Along the straight the frontrunners quickly caved as the likes of Perth three-year-old Playing God, improving Galileo grey Linton and Shocking moved up to challenge.

Linton was ultra impressive running up strong and fast through the middle and looked the winner until Shocking produced the run of the race.

A Flemington track specialist coming off a seventh place finish to Heart Of Dreams over the unsuitably short distance of 1800m at Caulfield last start, Shocking was back to his best today.

On the line it was run-away winner Shocking two lengths ahead of a much-improved Linton while Playing God held on for third.

After missing the start by a length and a half, favourite Heart Of Dreams was never in the race and confirmed claims that his favouritism in a 2000m event were unjustified.

Today Shocking become a 2000m weight-for-age winner and Kavanagh hinted that the $400,000 Group 1 Ranvet Stakes run over the same distance and conditions at Rosehill next Saturday March 19 was now an option.

Shocking has now won seven of his 27 career starts, today’s prize money boosting his total earnings to over $4.8 million.

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2011 Australian Cup Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Jockey Trainer Weight Margin
1st 1 SHOCKING(12) Corey Brown Mark Kavanagh 59.0 2-0.95
2nd 10 LINTON(8) Michael Rodd Robert Hickmott 59.0 2.0L
3rd 15 PLAYING GOD(11) Craig Newitt Neville Parnham 54.5 3.3L
4th 2 SCENIC SHOT(15) Shane Scriven Daniel Morton 59.0 3.5L
5th 5 PRECEDENCE(13) Steven Arnold Bart Cummings 59.0 3.6L
6th 14 LARISTAN(7) Brad Rawiller David Hayes 58.5 4.1L
7th 11 CEDARBERG(6) Glyn Schofield Pat Carey 59.0 4.3L
8th 3 HEART OF DREAMS(9) Damien Oliver Mick Price 59.0 4.4L
9th 9 MOUDRE(4) Craig Williams Ciaron Maher 59.0 5.9L
10th 6 GINGA DUDE(1) Michael Walker Graeme Boyd 59.0 8.1L
11th 7 MOURAYAN(10) Danny Nikolic Robert Hickmott 59.0 8.3L
12th 13 MR CHARLIE(5) Luke Nolen Peter G Moody 59.0 12.1L
13th 4 C’EST LA GUERRE(3) Nicholas Hall Robert Hickmott 59.0 12.2L
14th 8 ALCOPOP(14) Ben Melham Jake Stephens 59.0 12.9L
15th 12 LORD PYRUS(2) Noel Callow Judy Mawer 59.0 15.9L

Photo courtesy (c) Taron Clarke Photography