Glaneuse Back-to-Back in 2012 VRC Winterchampionship Final

After defying the odds in 2011, Michael O’Leary-trained gelding Glaneuse again produced an upset victory to take out the Listed $150,000 2012 VRC Winter Championship Final (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday.

Rated an outside chance at $31.00, the six-year-old proved courageous in the final 100 metres to hold on by a nose ahead of the more highly-rated Galileo Gold and There’s Only One.

The son of Blevic became the first ever horse to win the event twice as he stormed home down the outside to record his first victory since he took top honours last year.

O’Leary was confident he would produce a good showing after following a similar preparation to his 2011 winter campaign apart from a minor gear change.

“When he went out last year our full intention was to go for this race again today,” O’Leary said.

“He’s been going super. Last year I gave him a month between runs going into this race and I wasn’t frightened to do the same thing this year.

“The only thing different was I put a set of winkers on him. I thought it just might sharpen him up that little bit.”

Jockey Linda Meech rode Glaneuse to victory in 2011 and she was again on board as the Mount Gambier-based gelding notched up an 11th career win.

Meech has a long association with the horse and was full of praise for him after the race.

“He’s a beautiful horse to ride,” Meech said.

“When we straightened I was confident but then I started to get a little worried in the last one hundred metres when they were coming at him.

“But he kept sticking his head out.”

From 34 starts, Glaneuse has won 11 times and placed on another seven occasions on his way to collecting more than $400,000 in prize money.

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VRC Winter Championship Final 2012 – Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 4 GLANEUSE Michael O’Leary Ms Linda Meech 6 59kg $31
2 14 GALILEO GOLD (NZ) Doug Harrison Dean Yendall 0.1L 2 55kg $11
3 6 THERE’S ONLY ONE Peter G Moody Daniel Stackhouse 0.3L 13 58.5kg $6.50
4 13 FUTURE SOLUTION Kane Harris Craig Newitt 0.5L 14 55kg $8.50
5 5 YULALONA Peter Snowden James Winks 5.5L 10 59kg $31
6 9 SOPHROSYNE Michael Moroney Glen Boss 6.5L 9 55kg $16
7 1 CHOSEN TO FLY Colin & Cindy Alderson Danny Nikolic 8.25L 12 60kg $17
8 2 LORD PYRUS (NZ) Judy Mawer Ms Sally Wynne 9.25L 5 60kg $26
9 16 MENADOS (NZ) Nigel Blackiston Steven King 10L 4 55kg $3.40F
10 8 GAIL Robbie Griffiths Michael Rodd 13.25L 3 55kg $12
11 11 SUSSURO Tony Noonan Jake Noonan (a) 13.35L 7 55kg $12
12 3 DOUBTFUL JACK Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 15.1L 15 59kg $21
13 10 STONEBLACK Robert Smerdon Chris Symons 15.3L 8 55kg $12
14 12 POPULATION Geoff Daffy Garry Murphy 20.05L 11 55kg $31
15 15 CANNONBALL (USA) Pat Carey Darren Gauci 36.05L 1 55kg $81