Upbeat has won the Group 2 Autumn Classicat Caulfield Racecourse today February 25, 2012.
The three-year-old gelding lead coming into the home turn and proved too good as he stormed down the final straight to claim victory.
Flashy Fella, who was paying big odds of $101 to win the race at Luxbet, flew home to finish second, while Ethiopia held on for third.
Upbeat has now won three of his 13 race starts and has earned close to $200,000 in prize money.
Trainer Anthony Cummings has been confident all along coming into today’s Autumn Classic, with his only worry being Upbeat’s wide barrier of 10.
“The barrier was out only issue,” Cummings said.
Cummings was thrilled with the ride from jockey Blake Shinn, who made it easy for Upbeat out in front and on the inside rail.
“Today (was) a really nice ride from Blake,” he said.
“I think a lot of what happened today was about Blake’s ride.”
The trainer also attributes some of Upbeat’s success to the addition of blinkers to his gear.
“Just to get him a bit more aggressive in the field we put the blinkers on,” Cummings said.
Upbeat came down from Sydney to participate in the 2012 Autumn Classic.
“He actually came in as a late nomination,” Cummings said.
“It made some sense to us and here we all are.”
After Upbeat’s impressive win in today’s Autumn Classic, his trainer is still unsure as to where to send the Strategic gelding next.
“Not sure what will do at this point,” he said before indicating Upbeat may make his next appearance at Moonee Valley.
Jockey Blake Shinn felt the race went exactly according to plan.
“The race couldn’t have scripted out any better,” Shinn said.
“I went a little bit early (but it was a) very strong effort.”
Shinn also shed some light on his upcoming ride aboard Jimando in the 2012 Blue Diamond Stakes at 4.30pm (AEDT).
“I think I’ve got the right horse to do it, I just need a little bit of luck to do it,” he said.
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2012 Autumn Classic Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||2||UPBEAT||Anthony Cummings||Blake Shinn||–||9||56.5kg||$13|
|2||10||FLASHY FELLA (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Ms Lisa Cropp||0.75L||8||56.5kg||$101|
|3||12||ETHIOPIA||Pat Carey||Rhys McLeod||1.5L||11||56.5kg||$26|
|4||3||HOYLONNY||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||1.6L||7||56.5kg||$6.50|
|5||1||SPECTER||Anthony Freedman||Steven Arnold||1.8L||4||56.5kg||$3.40F|
|6||5||NOW YOU KNOW (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Damien Oliver||4.8L||3||56.5kg||$6|
|7||9||FARON (NZ)||Robert Hickmott||Steven King||8.8L||6||56.5kg||$13|
|8||8||DANY THE FOX (NZ)||Michael Kent||Brad Rawiller||11.55L||2||56.5kg||$4.60|
|9||11||ZAMOUR (NZ)||Mick Price||Danny Nikolic||13.55L||10||56.5kg||$41|
|10||7||KING’S SHILLING||Jim Mason||Craig Newitt||13.95L||1||56.5kg||$41|
|11||6||PATIENCE||David Hayes||Dwayne Dunn||16.7L||5||56.5kg||$51|