Le Val Wins 2013 Ken Russell Memorial Classic – Gold Coast Results

Local gelding Le Val overcame a big price to salute in the Listed 2013 Ken Russell Memorial Classic at his home track at the Gold Coast today.

Le Val was a strong winner in the Ken Russell Memorial Classic. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The Noel Doyle-trained galloper jumped an $18.80 chance against some already proven juveniles but showed tremendous fight in the home straight to defeat Londehero and Sydney traveller Diamond Oasis.

At one stage the son of Snitzel looked to be struggling but rallied late with Rick McMahon aboard.

It was just the second start of Le Val’s career, having finished runner-up behind Patinack’s exciting youngster Hooked on debut last month.

The talented gelding is likely to be aimed down the traditional Queensland winter path that includes the Group 2 2013 Champagne Classic, the Group 2 2013 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) and the Group 1 2013 JJ Atkins (1600m).

The Ken Russell is a proven lead-up race to the big winter two-year-old races as shown by Sizzling last year who went undefeated in a four-start campaign that began with the Gold Coast feature.

Le Val was one of 85 horses entered on Wednesday for the JJ Atkins (formerly the TJ Smith) which takes place as the premier two-year-old race of the winter carnival at Eagle Farm on June 8.

Magic Millions third placegetter Missy Longstocking was strong in the finish to claim fourth after jumping from a wide barrier.

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Ken Russell Memorial Classic 2013 – Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 5 LE VAL Noel J Doyle Ric McMahon 12 57kg $13
2 3 LONDEHERO Matthew Dunn Glen Colless 3 57kg $10
3 1 DIAMOND OASIS John O’Shea Jim Cassidy 2 57kg $5
4 11 MISSY LONGSTOCKING Liam Birchley Damian Browne 14 55kg $3.80F
5 13 LITTLE MISS SMILEY John P Thompson Ryan Wiggins 4 55kg $7.50
6 4 SIR MOMENTS Steven O’dea Michael Cahill 11 57kg $7.50
7 9 PRIMAL FLIGHT Gillian Heinrich Nathan Berry 6 57kg $71
8 7 SKYTASTIC Gillian Heinrich Brad Stewart 10 57kg $16
9 17e FORELOCK (NZ) John Morrisey Larry Cassidy 8 55kg $71
10 16 ENQUARE Jason McLachlan Jim Byrne 13 55kg $51
11 10 METEOROLOGIST Marcus Wilson Paul Hammersley 1 57kg $101
12 14 MARACOOLA Kelly Purdy Ms Tegan Harrison (a) 5 55kg $31
13 15 FLORID AFFAIR (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Tim Clark 9 55kg $8
14 6 HYDRAZINE Helen Page Anthony Pattillo 7 57kg $61