After the sensational late scratching of the favourite Super Cash at the barriers it was all bad news for the punters in the Alinghi Stakes 2016 on Caulfield Cup Day with the Matthew Smith-trained Palazzo Pubblico getting up for a big upset win.
All the pre-race money for this year’s $120,000 Listed Crown Lager Alinghi Stakes (1100m) was on the Andrew Noblet-trained Written Tycoon four-year-old Super Cash.
Jockey Craig Williams however felt something was amiss with her heading from the mounting yard to the barriers for the set weights plus penalties clash.
A subsequent check saw her scratched at the vet’s advice and Flippant firmed into favouritism after the withdrawal of the original top fancy.
The substitute for the punters was only away okay from the gates and failed to feature throughout or in the finish for the fillies’ and mares’ feature.
One of the best out of the gates was the Lindsay Park-trained Miss Promiscuity, ridden by Dwayne Dunn coming off a win in the Gothic Stakes one race earlier aboard the John O’Shea-trained Peacock.
She settled into second behind the pace-setter Aunty Mo who was left alone up front setting a decent speed up front facing the wind.
Third on the rails was the Clarry Conners-trained Aegean Sea and jockey Blake Shinn, while I Love It was improving to move into fourth during the run.
Aegean Sea led around the bend and once on the straight Flippant was trying to let loose down the outside, but didn’t have the speed to reel them in.
There were some definite hard luck stories getting bumped in a traffic jam out the back, but getting all the favours was Smith’s Sydney raider Palazzo Pubblico.
The five-year-old daughter of Conatus hadn’t raced since a second last (14th) at Eagle Farm during the winter when outclassed in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m).
Off a couple of nice trials at home Smith headed south for her first-up run and jockey Steven Arnold gave her the perfect run with cover, saving her for a powerful late burst fresh.
Palazzo Pubblico ($31) at the big starting price swamped the field finishing too quickly for her rivals, coming with a swooping late run down the outside with all the momentum to defeat Aegean Sea ($15) by a head.
Finishing off the trifecta in third was Leon & Troy Corstens’ defending champion Vezalay ($7.50) who, first-up, just wasn’t quite wound-up enough to go back-to-back in the Alinghi Stakes with improvement to come off the run.
Palazzo Pubblico meanwhile was fantastic fresh and her winning hoop Arnold was pleased with her resuming run in a good class field on one of the major Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival race days.
“She’s quite fresh,” he said post-win.
“It was critical I get a bit of cover and save her for one burst because she’s first-up.
“I was confident if I got a bit of cover she’d sprint well.
“She’s obviously good fresh and she’s been trialling really well.”
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2016 Alinghi Stakes Results & Finishing Order
Caulfield Race 3 – 15/10/2016
|1||5||PALAZZO PUBBLICO||Matthew Smith||Steven Arnold||–||8||57kg||$31|
|2||13||AEGEAN SEA||Clarry Conners||Blake Shinn||0.2L||3||55kg||$11|
|3||6||VEZALAY||Leon & Troy Corstens||Chris Parnham||0.95L||2||57kg||$7|
|4||1||MISS PROMISCUITY||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||1.05L||9||58kg||$6|
|5||9||ALUCINARI||John O’Shea||Brenton Avdulla||1.15L||12||57kg||$21|
|6||12||AUNTY MO||Brendan McCarthy||Chris Symons||1.25L||6||55kg||$18|
|7||8||CHLOE IN PARIS||Ciaron Maher||Damien Oliver||2.25L||1||57kg||$9|
|8||14||BELSAPPHIRE||John Moloney||Patrick Moloney||2.55L||11||55kg||$151|
|9||2||I LOVE IT||John Salanitri||Stephen Baster||3.8L||10||58kg||$8.50|
|10||4||FLIPPANT||Peter & Paul Snowden||Hugh Bowman||4L||7||57kg||$4F|
|11||3||ALMIGHTY GIRL||Mitchell Beer & Max Hinton||Kerrin McEvoy||5.75L||4||58kg||$8|
|SB||7||SUPER CASH||Andrew Noblet||Craig Williams||–||5||57kg||$4.20|
|–||11||ESTAMINET||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Damian Lane||–||0||–||–|
|–||10||ANDRASSY||Allison Sheehan||Ben Melham||–||0||–||–|