Norsqui has proven too good in today’s 2013 Adelaide Cup, winning the $220,000 race by half a length at Morphettville Racecourse.
The Matsqui gelding mowed down leader Waratone in the final straight to win the race by half a length.
Waratone held on for a strong second, while Dame Claire rounded out the placings in third position.
Norsqui has now won eight of his 36 race starts and has earned more than $650,000 in prize money.
The six-year-old came off a fourth placing in the Group 3 Launceston Cup last start and proved himself as a true 3,200 metres horse in today’s 2013 Adelaide Cup.
Trainer Walter McShane was over the moon with Norsqui’s 2013 Adelaide Cup win.
“We set out to do it last year and it’s taken a lot of work but we’ve done it,” McShane said after the race.
“He ran a very good race last year at the end of a preparation.
“This time we programmed him to win it.
“I’ve had some big thrills but this is the biggest.
“I’m proud of the horse and he’s very proud of himself too.”
Norsqui was ridden by jockey Chris Symons in today’s 2013 Adelaide Cup, who was equally thrilled with the gelding’s performance.
“He ran a terrific race last year and he over raced mid race last year,” Symons said.
“He’s a lot more relaxed and that made a difference today.”
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2013 Adelaide Cup Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||4||NORSQUI||Walter McShane||Chris Symons||–||6||56kg||$26|
|2||9||WARATONE||Kylie Huxtable||Dwayne Dunn||0.6L||8||54.5kg||$15|
|3||8||DAME CLAIRE (NZ)||Pat Carey||Peter Mertens||2.2L||7||54.5kg||$9.50|
|4||7||KUTCHINSKY||Danny O’Brien||Craig Williams||3.2L||9||55kg||$5F|
|5||6||MACEDONIAN (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||3.2L||15||55.5kg||$8.50|
|6||14||DISTILLATION||William Smart||Simon Price||3.8L||5||54kg||$81|
|7||19||RED SHIFT (NZ)||Pat Carey||Darren Gauci||4.7L||20||54kg||$14|
|8||18||HE’S HOT TO TROT||Mick Whittle||Ms Clare Lindop||5.5L||3||54kg||$101|
|9||3||TALENT SHOW||Graeme Ballantyne||Jarrad Noske||6.3L||11||57kg||$10|
|10||5||YOU THINK SO (NZ)||Michael Kent||Brad Rawiller||6.5L||18||56kg||$8|
|11||13||LUCKY ANGEL||Tony Vasil||Brenton Avdulla||9.6L||1||54kg||$15|
|12||1||TITCH (NZ)||Kevin Myers||Ms Linda Meech||10.5L||12||59kg||$26|
|13||20||RILELILMAG||Barbara Marshman||Kerrin McEvoy||11.6L||13||54kg||$201|
|14||16||READINGS||David Hayes||Paul Gatt||13.7L||2||54kg||$26|
|15||11||ENCHANTING WATERS||Michael Sell||Craig Robertson||15.3L||14||54kg||$71|
|16||10||MY EX MATE||Peter F Blanch||Dom Tourneur||15.8L||17||54kg||$13|
|17||12||CLUB ROYALE||Lee Creek||Ms Holly McKechnie||16.8L||4||54kg||$151|
|18||15||DUMOSA||Barry Brook||Ms Amy Herrmann||23.4L||10||54kg||$151|
|19||17||BABY BOY||Ron Daniel||Jason Holder||30.4L||19||54kg||$201|
|20||2||TUSCAN FIRE||Dan O’Sullivan||Glen Boss||53.9L||16||58.5kg||$7|