Ironstein Outfoxes Cup Rivals Again

June 27, 2011

deposit $100
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $50
bet with


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $25
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $250
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

New customers only. Exc NSW, SA, WA & VIC. Turnover requirements apply. Promotional T&Cs apply & available on website. Is gambling a problem for you? Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit '

Ironstein Outfoxes Cup Rivals Again

Gerald Ryan’s gallant Sydney galloper Ironstein last Saturday scored his second city Cup win in just three starts, the in-form five-year-old narrowly taking out the Tattersall’s Cup at Eagle Farm.


Ironstein may have a change of plans and defend their Caloundra Cup title this Saturday after winning the Tatt's Cup last weekend

Having won the Listed WJ McKell Cup (2400m) at Rosehill last month before their eye-catching fourth to Tullamore in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) on Stradbroke Handicap Day, Zabeel gelding Ironstein went out as a well-backed $8.50 chance in the $200,000 Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) last Saturday.

In a thrilling ride by Brenton Avdulla, Ironstein held on to take out this year’s Tatt’s Cup by a mere half-head after the race become a two-horse affair on the home straight.

Bryan Guy’s previous Premier’s Cup winner Shuffle The Cash ($6EF) gave Ironstein a strong challenge that resulted in a photo finish after the pair matched each other stride for stride over the final few hundred meters, but just didn’t have enough in the tank to defeat the eventual winner.

Finishing off the Tatt’s Cup trifecta a further three and a half lengths away was the Brian Smith-trained Little Stranger ($14), while Michael Moroney’s Viking Hero ran a close fourth.

There were a few tense moments putting on hold celebrations for the connections of Ironstein, however, as Shuffle The Cash’s jockey Luke Nolen lodged a protest.

Nolen claimed that Ironstein and Avdulla shifted ground in the run for home, but admitted the two horses never came into direct contact.

“He dictated my line, and the margin is only a half head,” Nolen said.

Avdulla, who later copped an eight-meeting suspension for his ride on Tattersall’s Tiara runner Hurtle Myrtle, narrowly avoided an earlier charge in the Tatt’s Cup after pleading his case.

“Even though I shifted ground, they didn’t touch and I didn’t impede Luke’s riding,” he said.

Before the Tatt’s Cup win Ryan said that he would not back Ironstein up in this Saturday’s $200,000 Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m), a race the horse won 12 months ago, but plans may be reshuffled.

Ironstein will then look to add more black-type glory to his record in the Wyong and Newcastle Gold Cups in September, while there is also the chance they will be stepped up to elite level for the first time at the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, Ironstein a possible contender for the $400,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Royal Randwick on October 1.

Ryan’s travelling foreman Brad Banfield on Saturday, however, also said that there was a possibility Ironstein’s pre-spring spell would be delayed for a run in the $160,000 Grafton Cup (2300m) on July 14.

“(A final decision) is up to the boss (Ryan), but the Grafton Cup is under consideration,” Banfield said.

“This horse took 11 months to win another race after the Caloundra Cup, but he’s back in good form now.

“He showed a lot of tenacity to fight back and win.

“He’s been going good up here.”

Ironstein has been the picture of consistency this campaign, the John Singleton part-owned horse racing 12 times in their current prep earning prize money in 11 of those races.

In total, Ironstein has started 27 times for seven wins and eight minor placings earning over $516,000 in career earnings.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Winx To Climb The Everest 2018...

Written By Is The 2018 Ladbrok...

Written By Is The 2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Winner

The well-supported, clear Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes 2018 favourite Written...

The Everest 2018 Ultimate Goal...

The Everest 2018 Ultimate Goal for Magic Millions Sprint Winner Viddora

Young South Australian horseman Lloyd Kennewell has named Sydney’s 2018 The...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field ...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field Released

Ascot Racecourse in W.A. hosts one of the summer’s highlight races on New...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney R...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney Race for Viddora

Ace young South Australian trainer Lloyd Kennewell has confirmed his Group 1...

Horse Racing Today

2018 The Galaxy Final Field: J...

Daysee Doom and Dixie Blossoms...

Daysee Doom and Dixie Blossoms listed in 2018 Coolmore Classic nominations

Stablemates Daysee Doom and Dixie Blossoms are listed among the nominations...

2018 Adelaide Cup Results: Fan...

2018 Adelaide Cup Results: Fanatic wins for Walker and Lindsay Park

The Group 2 $400,000 Adelaide Cup over 3200m will be run at Morphettville in...

Fanatic Firm favourite in 2018...

Fanatic Firm favourite in 2018 Adelaide Cup betting

The Lindsay Park trained Fanatic is a firm favourite in the betting for...

2018 Super Saturday All Day Re...

2018 Super Saturday All Day Results at Flemington: Harlem scores upset win in Australian Cup

The Group 1 $1.25m Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) and the Group 1 $1.5m...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field