Super Saturday Comes to a Close with Win by Orbit Express in Flemington Race 9

Orbit Express

Orbit Express wins Race 9 at Flemington on Super Saturday

Steve McKinnon’s honest local galloper Orbit Express claimed victory in the $125,000 Listed TAB $500,000 First4 Jackpot Stakes (1400m) at Flemington this afternoon bringing the 2011 Super Saturday of Racing meet to a close for another year.

Conditions were perfect for seven-year-old Dangerous gelding Orbit Express who was at his absolute best over 1400m at his home track, winning Flemington Race 9 as a $13 outsider in the betting.

Danzylum from barrier two shared the lead early with race favourite, the Mark Kavanagh-trained Undeniably, the duo setting a frantic pace.

The Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained mare Red Flair found a good run in third while after an awkward jump, the Peter Snowden-trained Offenders eventually made up ground to move into fourth by the turn for home.

In a thrilling run down the Flemington straight, last-start winner of the Mannerism Stakes Red Flair took the lead before Orbit Express and jockey Steven King put down the challenge.

On the line Orbit Express came home the better after a sensational late charge beating home Red Flair for the win.

The eye-catcher was without doubt the Peter Moody-trained Set For Fame, the Reset mare coming from the back of the field right up into third place in the final stages with a gutsy run.

After Kavanagh enjoyed a brilliant win with Shocking in the Australian Cup earlier, Undeniably was the real disappointment of race nine fading badly to finish well back and proving themselves to be a 1100 – 1200m sprinter not having run a strong 1400m today.

Orbit Express has now won 12 of his 51 career starts, today’s victory pushing his earnings to around the $600,000 mark.

With Super Saturday done and dusted, punters will be keen to check how all their Flemington bets went today.

Head to Luxbet to view today’s race results and winning payouts and while you’re there check out the latest 2011 Adelaide Cup betting markets for Monday’s main event at Morphettville.

2011 TAB $500,000 First4 Jackpot Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Jockey Trainer Weight Margin
1st 3 ORBIT EXPRESS(9) Steven King Steve McKinnon 56.5 1-23.52
2nd 9 RED FLAIR(6) Chris Symons Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 53.0 0.4L
3rd 4 SET FOR FAME(14) Luke Nolen Peter G Moody 56.5 0.9L
4th 15 FROM THE TERRACE(8) Craig Williams Matt Laurie 53.0 1.7L
5th 7 OFFENDERS(1) Mark Zahra Peter Snowden 54.0 2.0L
6th 5 RAINBOW STYLING(10) Dwayne Dunn Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 56.0 2.2L
7th 8 UNDENIABLY(3) Michael Rodd Mark Kavanagh 54.0 2.5L
8th 13 INFLUENTIAL MISS(4) Glyn Schofield Pat Carey 53.0 4.7L
9th 12 GOLD IN DUBAI(13) Michael Walker Mark Riley 53.5 5.0L
10th 2 DANZYLUM(2) Luke Currie Robbie Griffiths 58.5 5.2L
11th 16 FAIRFIELD FLAME(5) Craig Newitt Michael Moroney 53.0 7.0L
12th 14 MILES ABOVE(7) Darren Gauci Denis Daffy 53.0 8.2L
13th 6 GRAND DUCAL(12) Nicholas Hall Robert Hickmott 54.0 9.5L
14th 1 ROMAN EMPEROR(11) Steven Arnold Bart Cummings 60.0 15.5L
Src 10 SO ANYWAY James Winks John P Thompson
Src 11 NIBLICK Robert Hickmott

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