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The Darley-owned Appearance overcame a classy group of mares to record an upset victory in the Group 1 2012 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington today.
The four-year-old was paying $43.80 at race jump but was the one who was able to hit the line in front in a thrilling finish in front of a packed Derby Day crowd.
The Guy Walter-trained mare was ridden quietly by Michael Rodd as Streama and Red Tracer led the field into the turn.
From there it was a blanket finish and Appearnce got the better of a fast-finishing Soft Sand and Secret Admirer to claim top honours in the $500,000 event.
Rodd said the daughter of Commands benefited from a good tempo set by her more fancied rivals early in the race.
“They rolled along early, I had a lovely run,” Rodd said.
“I had a perfect run, I didn’t need any luck. I just got her to the outside and gave her room to wind up.”
“It’s great to get a Group 1 on Derby day.”
Walter was thrilled to secure the Group 1 victory despite the fact he was expecting his other runner Streama to be the one passing the winning post in front.
“Michael rode a fabulous race on her…Michael rode this filly back from a wide gate and I’d just like to say how happy I am for Darley,” Walter said.
Streama was heavily backed but had to do plenty of work early and quickly tired despite leading into the straight.
It was a tremendous form turnaround for Appearance who was beaten nearly five lengths two weeks ago in the Tristarc Stakes.
Myer Classic 2012 – Results
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