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Darren Weir enjoyed a win in the last of the ‘Super Saturday’ Group races at Flemington Racecourse with in-form apprentice Harry Coffey getting the job done along the inside rail in the Schweppervescence Trophy 2016 with Felicienne.
There was early drama immediately after the jump in this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m) for the fillies and mares, the defending winner Noble Protector throwing her jockey Craig Williams from the saddle.
She continued to go around the track riderless, causing late interference to the eventual winner and crossing first past the post without a hoop on her back.
Leading them around meanwhile was the Tony Noonan-trained four-year-old Anaphora from last start Mannerism Stakes third placegetter Miss Rose De Lago and Mossbeat in third early on.
At the 1000m the Danny O’Brien-trained Miss Rose De Lago took over front running with Mossbeat second on the outside of Anaphora who dropped back into third on the fence.
Down the straight the late runners came charging including the eventual winner Felicienne who jumped from barrier one and hugged the fence to put herself right in it, a position no one had taken up all day.
She came up quickly down the inside, being interfered with in the straight by the riderless Noble Protector, but Coffey kept his cool and got Felicienne ($11) first past the post ahead of the Peter Moody-trained Metaphorical ($8) with the Glen Boss-ridden Alaskan Rose ($10) in third.
“What a humungous thrill,” Coffey declared post-win.
“To get a win, especially for Darren Weir, it’s amazing.
“I know there’s a lot bigger races to win, but I’m thrilled.
“I didn’t realise it (Noble Protector) was riderless until it was well and truly on my inside.
“It sort of got in my way a little bit, but I went back to the inside where no one had been all day.”
Weir wasn’t trackside to celebrate the success, but stable representative Jeremy Rogers was more than pleased with the result and the performance of the winning mare.
“Her first two runs this prep have been fantastic,” he said of her unplaced efforts in the Bellmaine Stakes (10th) and Mannerism Stakes (7th) at Caulfield in February.
“Her sectionals last start were second only to Azkadellia (second in the Coolmore Classic).”
Rogers said original plans were to go to Adelaide perhaps to target the Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes (1600m) at Morphettville on May 7 with the Al Maher four-year-old, but plans are now up in the air.
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2016 Schweppervescence Trophy Results & Finishing Order
Flemington Race 8 – 12/03/2016
|1||11||FELICIENNE||Darren Weir||Harry Coffey (a)||–||1||54kg||$11|
|2||6||METAPHORICAL||Peter G Moody||Luke Currie||1.25L||5||54kg||$8.50|
|3||13||ALASKAN ROSE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Glen Boss||4L||3||53kg||$11|
|4||2||MISS ROSE DE LAGO||Danny O’Brien||Damien Oliver||4.75L||11||57kg||$3.10F|
|5||12||REDASUN||Greg Eurell||Chris Symons||5.15L||2||54kg||$21|
|6||7||SURE YOU CAN (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||James Winks||8.9L||7||54kg||$151|
|7||8||MOSSBEAT||Robbie Griffiths||Damian Lane||9L||6||54kg||$14|
|8||9||LILLY DAZZLER||Monica Croston||Jordan Childs (a)||10L||10||54kg||$101|
|9||10||ANAPHORA||Tony Noonan||Jake Noonan||12L||8||54kg||$8|
|10||5||VITAL IMPORTANCE||Neville Parnham||Craig Newitt||12.75L||12||54kg||$41|
|LR||1||NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB)||Robert Smerdon||Craig Williams||-/td>||9||58.5kg||$6|
|SB||4||DIG A PONY||Peter G Moody||Dwayne Dunn||–||4||56kg||$13|
|–||3||SACRED EYE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||–||0||–||–|
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