Motivado has won the Group 3 Queen’s Cup at Morphettville Racecourse today May 11, 2013.
The five-year-old won the race by half a length ahead of Shiny Buttons, who placed second, and Finiguerra, who rounded out the placings in third.
Motivado was having just his second Australian race start in today’s 2013 Queen’s Cup after being imported from Great Britain.
The Motivator gelding placed fifth in his debut Australian run on April 27, 2013, when he contested the $80,000 Guinot International Handicap at Caulfield.
Motivado has now won three of his 15 race starts and has earned more than $120,000 in prize money during his horse racing career.
Today’s 2013 Queen’s Cup win also marked Motivado’s very first Black Type win.
Motivado will be looking towards the spring carnival later this year, with the galloper already targeted towards the $6.2 million Melbourne Cup 2013.
The David Hayes-trained gelding was paying odds of $3.60 to win the 2013 Queen’s Cup at bookmaker.com.au.
While Motivado was the narrow favourite for the 2013 Queen’s Cup, second favourite Shiny Buttons put in a gallant performance to place second in the race.
Shiny Buttons has won five of his 28 race starts and has earned more than $160,000 in prize money during his career.
The Reset gelding placed third in the Listed Warrnambool Cup against Banca Mo at Warrnambool on May 2, 2013, and managed to go one better in the 2013 Queen’s Cup.
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2013 Queen’s Cup Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||4||MOTIVADO (GB)||David Hayes||Stephen Baster||–||5||55kg||$3.60F|
|2||6||SHINY BUTTONS||Darren Weir||Ben Melham||0.6L||3||55kg||$3.90|
|3||1||FINIGUERRA||Darryl Dodson||Ms Holly McKechnie||1.8L||9||59kg||$5.50|
|4||8||WOTZITWORTH||Shane Oxlade||Paul Gatt||5.2L||8||55kg||$21|
|5||9||MUJADALE||Paul A Jones||Vlad Duric||5.7L||4||55kg||$6|
|6||5||CABLE BAY (NZ)||Brian Searle||Justin Potter||6.8L||7||55kg||$12|
|7||3||ELLDAMI||Phillip Stokes||Adrian Patterson||8.8L||1||55kg||$17|
|8||2||MUIRFIELD (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Michael Walker||9.8L||10||56kg||$9|
|9||11||LUCKZAT (NZ)||Wayne Walters||Ms Melissa Walters||12.2L||6||55kg||$31|
|10||13||SOUTHERN INVASION||Margaret Ruberry||Joe Bowditch||28.5L||2||55kg||$61|