Flamberge scores upset win in 2016 Oakleigh Plate

Outsider Flamberge scored an upset win in the Group 1 $500,000 Clamms Seafood Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield today.

The Peter Moody trained Flamberge made light of his 58kg from a horror barrier to record a nose win over the fast finishing Canberra trained sprinter Fell Swoop ($14).

Flamberge scores an upset win in the 2016 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield

Flamberge scores an upset win in the 2016 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Speedy filly Heatherly ($3.70 favourite) gave her backers a good sight but couldn’t hold off the strong finishes of the first two placegetters to wind up in third spot.

Even though Flamberge has a very good first up record, he was sent out at the good odds of $34 with punters frightened off by the combination of a big weight and wide alley.

Winning jockey Damian Lane was put back by the obvious handicaps and had Flamberge quickly out of the gates to be travelling on the pace just behind the leaders and the tough six year old did the rest in the straight.

“He is a super little horse,” Lane said.

“He never runs a bad race.”

“Barrier fifteen with 58kg, all the odds against him, he has done a super job.”

Moody will have to decide now if he keeps Flamberge in Melbourne for the Group 1 $1.25m Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington in a fortnight or head off to Sydney for the Group 1 $700,000 The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill the following week.

“The Newmarket or the Galaxy in Sydney may be more suitable because he has won at Rosehill, 1100m, and you can get a bit of give in the ground up there,” Moody said.

“1200m down the straight at Flemington might be outside the Galaxy. We have Kinglike at home with similar connections ready to go so we will try to keep them apart and give them their chance.”

Moody was full of praise for Flamerge who claimed his second Group 1 trophy after winning 2015 Group 1 $500,000 Darley Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville.

“He has done a tremendous job. He is a courageous horse, a very good handicapper,” Moody said.

“We always try and have him ready for these handicaps because he is not a weight for age horse. But at handicap level he always runs unbelievably well.”

“And the worst the draw the better he runs. He always just applies himself, he just doesn’t give up this little bloke.”

2016 Oakleigh Plate Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 1 FLAMBERGE Peter G Moody Damian Lane 15 58kg $31
2 8 FELL SWOOP Matthew Dale Glyn Schofield 0.1L 5 53kg $14
3 16 HEATHERLY Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Ms Katelyn Mallyon 0.85L 2 50kg $3.70F
4 14 PITTSBURGH FLYER Lee & Shannon Hope Jye McNeil (a) 0.95L 8 52kg $41
5 19e RELDAS Robert Smerdon Craig Newitt 1.45L 14 52kg $31
6 11 THE QUARTERBACK Robbie Griffiths Luke Currie 1.95L 10 52.5kg $17
7 2 DOTHRAKI Peter & Paul Snowden Steven Arnold 2.15L 17 56.5kg $41
8 9 GREGERS David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Craig Williams 2.25L 1 53kg $26
9 7 BOUNDING Peter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra 2.75L 7 55.5kg $5
10 3 FAST ’N’ ROCKING David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 3.15L 6 56.5kg $16
11 10 KURO (NZ) Lee & Anthony Freedman Daniel Stackhouse 3.9L 11 53kg $41
12 13 GRIANTE David Brideoake Harry Coffey (a) 4L 9 52kg $31
13 15 VEZALAY Leon & Troy Corstens Glen Boss 4.2L 16 52kg $31
14 4 SMOKIN’ JOEY Wez Hunter Jamie Mott 4.7L 13 56.5kg $61
15 18 KEEN ARRAY David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Stephen Baster 7.7L 4 50kg $4.40
16 5 ECLAIR CHOICE Phillip Stokes Dom Tourneur 8.45L 12 56kg $31
17 12 ATMOSPHERICAL Robert Smerdon Ms Michelle Payne 15.45L 3 52kg $41

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