In the upset of the Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival, Barry Campbell’s ace three-year-old and odds-on favourite Admiral got beaten home in the Thomas Lyons Stakes 2015 on Monday by 35-1 outsider Streetwise Savoire.
After the Hobart Cup was run and won by veteran stayer Geegees Blackflash, the day’s final black-type saw Mossman gelding Admiral jump as the $1.80 top fancy in the $100,000 Listed Thomas Lyons Stakes (1400m).
Winner of the Elwick Stakes – Golden Sovereign Stakes double as a two-year-old in February last year, Admiral went into the Thomas Lyons on the back of two barnstorming feature wins this season.
His most recent was a three length effort over Wordsmith filly Geegees Goldengirl, who franked the form with a win in the Listed Strutt Stakes (2100m) yesterday, in the Listed Tasmanian Guineas (1600m).
Instead of being stepped up in distance for the Hobart Guineas, Admiral was saved for the Thomas Lyons and dropped back to the 1400m.
He found it too sharp however and he and jockey Brendon McCoull could only manage to finish a neck away second on the line behind Scott Brunton’s upset winner Streetwise Savoire ($34.90) after going too hard up front too early.
Ridden by in-form hoop Anthony Darmanin, who also rode Gee Gees Top Notch to victory in the Elwick Stakes and finished runner-up in the Hobart Cup aboard Genuine Lad, Streetwise Savoire improved on his last start sixth in the Devonport Cup from a month ago doing a good job in the weight-for-age showdown.
Pre-race Brunton told Darmanin he was on the best horse in the race, but it took the win for the hoop to be convinced.
“I sad to Anthony Darmanin ‘mate I reckon you’re on the best ride here’,” Brunton recalled.
“He said ‘yeah right-o, yeah no dramas’, like they think cause jockeys are clever blokes!”
As it turned out though Brunton was spot on, Darmanin trailing Admiral into the race and staying on his back on the inside before breaking through to run him down and hit the line first.
“He saved all the runs up the inside, saved all the ground and got through at the right time,” Brunton said.
“He knocked off the good three-year-old (Admiral). The other horse went way too hard up front.
“The penny’s dropped with this horse now.
“Really good galloper, great family.”
Darmanin admitted he was wrong about his mount, thrilled with the winner who thrived in the conditions as Brunton had predicted he would.
“That was a peach!” he told the media.
“We travelled nice in the run. I followed Admiral the whole way. We got stuck on the inside but the horse loved the conditions on the inside.
“He run well.”
Brunton was also stoked the stable decided to run the upset winner in the black type instead of saving him for a non-stakes race mid-week as was the other option.
“Glad we run the horse because we were umming and ahhing whether to run him in an open handicap on Wednesday,” he said.
Seven Mile Beach horseman Brunton dominated the Thomas Lyons Stakes result, Admiral aside, also training the third and fourth past the post with Hellova Street ($3.70) and Royal Rapture ($12.20) respectively.
Helike four-year-old Hellova Street was one and three-quarter lengths off his surprise winning stablemate following a Launceston win in the lead-up in the Listed Tattsbet.com Stakes (1200m) from January 21.
Royal Rapture meanwhile was a notable margin away to round out the first four, the Clangalang five-year-old beaten five lengths following his Tattsbet.com Stakes third the run before.
“Great result,” Brunton said.
“The other horse, Royal Rapture went great. He’s probably just looking for further now but really great result for the stable.”
Streetwise Savoire has now won eight of his 24 starts for over $152,000 in prize money and, along with all his Thomas Lyons Stakes stablemates, will now be stepped up in distance again for the $100,000 Listed George Adams Plate (1600m) on Launceston Cup Day, February 25.
“We’ll be going for a look (at the George Adams with him, 100%, that’s the plan,” Brunton confirmed.
“All go to the George Adams. I’m looking forward to it.”
Darmanin is also looking forward to the race hoping he stays on Streetwise Savoire.
“Definitely the further the better for this horse,” he said.
“Hopefully they keep me on it cause I was supposed to ride Royal Rapture (today).”
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2015 Thomas Lyons Stakes Results & Finishing Order
Hobart Race 9 – 09/02/2015
|1||6||STREETWISE SAVOIRE||Scott Brunton||Anthony Darmanin||–||2||59kg||$34.90|
|2||10||ADMIRAL||Barry Campbell||Brendon McCoull||0.2L||1||55.5kg||$1.80F|
|3||3||HELLOVA STREET||Scott Brunton||David Pires||1.7L||7||59kg||$3.70|
|4||5||ROYAL RAPTURE||Scott Brunton||Matthew Neilson||5.2L||5||59kg||$12.20|
|5||8||THE PRODUCER||John Blacker||Dwayne Dunn||5.4L||4||59kg||$62.50|
|6||1||BLACKIE (NZ)||Jarrod McLean||Chris Symons||7.9L||6||59kg||$11.30|
|7||7||MINUTE REPEATER||Tegan Keys||Michael Walker||8.7L||10||59kg||$19.40|
|8||2||PITT STREET||Charlie Goggin & Luella Meaburn||Jordan Childs (a)||11.2L||8||59kg||$28.30|
|9||9||INCAT||Barry Niass||Cory Parish||13.7L||9||59kg||$44.70|
|10||4||PENGALAS GEE GEE||John Luttrell||Ms Sigrid Carr (a)||17.7L||3||59kg||$29.90|