2013 Stutt Stakes Results – Divine Calling Wins In Photo Finish

Divine Calling survived a protest from Craig Williams on Shamus Award to win the Group 2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley.

Divine Calling

Divine Calling (outside) wins the Stutt Stakes 2013 from Shamus Award. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

After doing battle on the track, Damien Oliver and Williams faced off once again in the stewards room; with both jockeys aggressively defending their horses and placing the blame squarely at the feet of their rival rider.

There was quite clearly contact between the two horses in the final stages of the race and stewards decided that the interference was caused by both horses shifting and ruled that they could not justify overturning the final result.

The protest overshadowed a clever ride from Oliver who rode Divine Calling in the middle of the field, against his normal racing pattern, after assessing the tempo of the race early in proceedings

The leading jockey won the Vitale and Sons Handicap (1500m) on the Stratum gelding at Moonee Valley on September 14 and has quickly formed an affinity with the three-year-old.

“Since he has come down here he has really thrived,” Oliver said.

“He hasn’t surprised me one bit; ever since I first sat on him he has given me a nice feel.

“The pace was hard today so it was nice to be able to sit off the pace and add another string to his bow.

“I thought on paper there could be a bit of speed and I had a clear look over early and it was on a bit so I decided to drop in on him.

“I think that we got in a little bit but I think that the inside horse got out a bit so I think that the rightful horse won.”

Trainer Gai Waterhouse was celebrating her second straight win in the Stutt Stakes after winning last’s year race with champion colt Pierro.

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2013 Stutt Stakes Race Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 2 DIVINE CALLING Gai Waterhouse Damien Oliver 12 57kg $3.20F
2 1 SHAMUS AWARD Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 0.1L 4 57kg $7
3 8 CLUSTER Anthony Cummings Hugh Bowman 0.4L 9 57kg $6.50
4 12 BRING SOMETHING Ken Keys Glen Boss 2.9L 8 57kg $31
5 6 LATE CHARGE Patrick Payne Mark Zahra 3L 5 57kg $8
6 4 SAN DIEGO Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 4.25L 1 57kg $7.50
7 10 CRIME FIGHTER Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 8L 3 57kg $71
8 7 POLANSKI Robbie Laing Dean Yendall 8.1L 10 57kg $26
9 5 THE BOWLER Tony Vasil Craig Newitt 12.35L 7 57kg $18
10 11 LAST SIGHT Stephen Brown Dwayne Dunn 12.55L 2 57kg $31
11 3 HONEY STEEL’S GOLD David Hayes Chad Schofield (a) 15.05L 6 57kg $18
12 9 COUNTRYMAN Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 17.05L 11 57kg $17