Progressive three-year-old Illustrious Lad handed Moe-based trainer Darryl Blackshaw his first stakes win on Saturday scoring a narrow victory in the A.R. Creswick Series Final 2015 at Flemington.
Blackshaw has around 20 horses in work and took over 13 or 14 of those from fellow Moe horseman Peter Gelagotis when he was suspended last month for treating one of his gallopers on race day.
His assistance was rewarded on the weekend on Finals Day with one of those horses, I Am Invincible gelding Illustrious Lad, scoring a tight Black Type win in the $120,000 Listed A.R. Creswick Series Final (1200m).
“That is my first Stakes win, so it’s good,” Blackshaw, 57, told Racing Victoria on Saturday.
“I ran third in a Black Type race here one day, but that was a long time ago when we had a few good horses.
“We got all their (Gelagotis) horses bar one. We did it for the boys, all the track riders and the stablehands that the boys have got.
“We had the facilities to do it, so we filled them.”
Now a winner of four of his 14 starts to date, Illustrious Lad came off a string of fourth place finishes including behind a couple of the better fancied horses in Saturday’s field.
With top hoop Craig Williams retaining his association with the horse, Illustrious Lad ($8.50) held off the Jason Warren-trained roughie Sang Choi Bao ($21) on Saturday with race favourite Rough Justice ($3.50) crossing one and a half lengths further back in third.
Blackshaw credited the win to Illustrious Lad stepping back up to 1200m, a distance Williams had said he was “crying out for” after runs over 1000m and 1100m at the same track last month.
“I reckon he’s been dying to get to 1200 metres right from the start, but we had to go through the heats,” he said.
“Craig was pretty confident with the 1200 right from the start, even in the first heat (of the series over 1000m) he said he was looking for the final, and he was right.”
Illustrious Lad is likely to head to the paddock for a break but there’s a chance he could be bought back towards the end of the Spring chasing more Black Type success.
Williams meanwhile is now well ahead in the Victorian Metropolitan Jockeys’ Premiership after also saluting on the Luke Oliver-trained Jessy Belle in the $120,000 Leilani Series Final (1400m) and Darren Weir’s Falago in the $100,000 VRC-CRV Cup Tour Trophy (2000m) at the meeting.
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2015 A.R. Creswick Series Final Results & Finishing Order
Flemington Race 2 – 11/07/2015
|1||6||ILLUSTRIOUS LAD||Darryl Blackshaw||Craig Williams||–||1||56kg||$8.50|
|2||4||SANG CHOI BAO||Jason Warren||Jake Noonan||0.1L||4||57.5kg||$21|
|3||3||ROUGH JUSTICE||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Damien Oliver||1.6L||3||58.5kg||$3.50F|
|4||8||HELL ON EARTH||Shawn Mathrick||Clare Lindop||3.35L||2||56kg||$101|
|5||1||MOHAVE||John O’Shea||Craig Newitt||4.1L||5||59.5kg||$11|
|6||5||FACE FORWARD||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Dwayne Dunn||4.6L||6||56.5kg||$4.40|
|7||7||VALDERRAMA||Mick Price||Michael Dee (a)||5.35L||8||56kg||$8.50|
|8||2||HUSSON EAGLE||Patrick Payne||Steven Arnold||5.85L||7||58.5kg||$4.60|
|–||9||OUR HARMONY||David Brideoake||Harry Coffey (a)||–||0||–||–|