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In a thrilling front-rolling effort the Paul Jones-trained stayer Mujadale led all the way today to secure his second provincial cup win in as many starts taking out the Ballarat Cup 2014 in Victoria.
The Stawell-based Mujahid seven-year-old backed up from an Ararat Gold Cup victory over 2000m from November 9, local Ballarat jockey Kevin Forrester staying on for the winning ride in the $200,000 Listed Ballarat Cup (2200m).
Forrester had experience on the galloper and knew he liked it up front.
He let Mujadale take up the lead soon after the jump following a pre-race sensation when the favourite Spinderbella was scratched seconds before the start on vet’s advice.
It was a tough race for the eventual winning trainer Jones to watch from the sidelines, his heart in his throat as his galloper raced away to extend his lead by a notable margin by the 1600m.
“You had your heart in your mouth watching him,” he said.
“He’s just so brave and runs a bit on adrenal a bit like Forest Gump, the more he runs the more he likes it.
“He likes to be rolling along.”
He was flying and setting a strong pace over the top weight Fat Al who was trailing in second, new favourite Tuscan Fire in third and At First Sight, coming off an Ararat Cup second, fourth on the outside.
Setting a good tempo Mujadale opened up to lead by four lengths daring his rivals to run him down with most of them off their game trying to chase the tough on pacer.
He was still in front as they approached the turn and into the straight as the likes of At First Sight and Fat Al where winding up.
But Mujadale ($11) proved too hard a horse to get past handing Forrester his home town cup in a big three length win over the Darren Weir-trained At First Sight ($8.50) as the first two past the post repeated the Ararat Cup quinella.
The Peter Moody-trained Fat Al ($21) then held on in a brave third after lumping 60kg around the track today on the back of an eighth in an 1800m black type at Flemington from Melbourne Cup Day.
“He came back under me and is just a very fit horse,” the winning jockey said of Mujadle.
“He’s done a good job into the head wind.
“We put them under pressure and we’re riding a fit horse.”
Jones was also thrilled to get another feature win with the horse who he described as “tricky”.
“He’s been a bit of a tricky horse,” he said.
“But he’s matured all the time.
“He’s a bit more mature now and handles race day better.
“Hopefully he’ll keep ticking over and win a few more times this time in.”
Jones believed he was able to handle the Listed class today not having been tested as strongly this time in as last spring, and was looking ahead to the summer features in Melbourne including the $150,000 Listed Bagot Handicap (2800m) at Flemington on New Year’s Day.
“Last year we had him up at the height of the spring…he was finding it a bit tough,” he said.
“This time we thought we’d aim him a bit later on.
“The internationals have been and gone by then and our plan’s worked out alright so far.
“Hopefully there’s a few more in him.”
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2014 Ballarat Cup Results & Finishing Order
Ballarat Race 8 – 22/11/2014
|1||12||MUJADALE||Paul A Jones||Kevin Forrester||–||4||55kg||$13|
|2||7||AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE)||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||3.3L||12||57kg||$8.50|
|3||1||FAT AL||Peter G Moody||Craig Williams||3.4L||6||60kg||$26|
|4||5||HURDY GURDY MAN||Darren Weir||John Allen||3.6L||9||58.5kg||$31|
|5||2||TUSCAN FIRE||Dan O’Sullivan||Kerrin McEvoy||3.7L||1||60kg||$7|
|6||10||THE INVENTOR||Bevan Laming||Darren Gauci||3.9L||8||56kg||$18|
|7||4||TANBY||Mick Cerchi||Jamie Mott||4.7L||5||59kg||$81|
|8||11||ELECTRIC FUSION||Robert Smerdon||Dwayne Dunn||6.2L||13||55kg||$6|
|9||6||VILANOVA (NZ)||Chris Waller||James Winks||6.4L||2||58.5kg||$11|
|10||15||YOU THINK SO (NZ)||Michael Kent||Jake Bayliss (a)||6.5L||7||54kg||$51|
|11||18||HAPPY AS HELL||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||Jack Hill||6.6L||3||54kg||$9|
|12||9||HVASSTAN||Peter Gelagotis||Craig Newitt||8.9L||15||56kg||$19|
|13||17||WALTZING TO WIN||David Huxtable||Stephen Baster||16.9L||10||54kg||$13|
|13||13||MOTIVADO (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Chris Symons||16.9L||11||54kg (cd 54.5kg)||$18|
|FF||16||RIALYA||Matt Laurie||Ms Michelle Payne||–||14||54kg||$101|
|SB||14||SPINDERBELLA||Robert Smerdon||Chad Schofield||–||0||54kg||$5F|
|–||19e||SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ)||Mitchell Freedman||Jarrod Fry||–||0||–||–|
|–||8||MOBACO (FR)||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||–||0||–||–|
|–||3||COUNT OF LIMONADE (IRE)||Mick Price||Dean Yendall||–||0||–||–|
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