It has been a big couple of days for up-and-coming young hoop Regan Bayliss who continued his rise through the ranks with an impressive Adelaide Cup 2017 victory on the Stuart Webb-trained import Annus Mirabilis on Monday.
Over the weekend in Melbourne Bayliss rode his maiden Group 1 winner in an upset aboard $31 roughie Redkirk Warrior in Flemington’s Newmarket Handicap (1200m).
From a Group 1 sprint down the famous Flemington straight to a two-mile staying showdown at Morphettville Racecourse, Bayliss proved his versatility partnering Annus Mirabilis in the $400,000 Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m).
“He’s a superior stayer this horse and he’s got a great set of lungs on him,” Bayliss said post-win.
“I knew the distance would not be an issue and he won like a good horse.
“I knew I was on the best stayer.”
Bayliss has been the regular rider on the former European-trained Montjeu six-year-old all summer, including for his Listed Bagot Handicap (2800m) win on New Year’s Day.
Last start the horse finished fifth in the Listed Roy Higgins Quality (2600m) in a luckless run that he atoned for getting more room to score the Adelaide Cup success.
“Last start we just had no luck,” Bayliss said on Monday.
“Today I was mindful…and knew I just needed to get the room.”
Annus Mirabilis continued the successful raid of interstate stayers in the Adelaide Cup results becoming the fifth straight winner from outside of South Australia and the fourth in as many years to come off a Melbourne lead-up run.
Bayliss had his mount settled nicely mid-field throughout as Mujadale, Chestnut Charlie, Mail It In and the Darren Weir-trained Lord Reims Stakes winner Master Of Arts led the field around in the early stages.
Half way through well-supported favourite in Adelaide Cup betting Master Of Arts looked in a beautiful spot one off the fence just behind the leading pack.
Annus Mirabilis meanwhile was tracking on the outside of the Lloyd Williams-raced Chance To Dance around eighth in running.
Once on the back straight with 1800m to go Puccini had gone to the front, but knowing he was on the superior stayer in the race Bayliss took his time on the eventual winner.
The field bunched approaching the turn for the second time heading for home and the backmarkers started with their runs.
Puccini was quickly challenged by Annus Mirabilis who moved up to lead on the straight.
A host of gallopers were giving chase including the hurdler Honey Steel’s Gold for last year’s winning stable Lindsay Park as well as the top fancy Master Of Arts who many Adelaide Cup Day punters were cheering home.
In the end Annus Mirabilis, who had drifted out to double-figure Adelaide Cup odds by the jump, extended his lead and drew clear to defeat Robbie Laing’s roughie Double Bluff who further franked the form coming out of the Roy Higgins Quality improving on his second last (11th) in that lead-up.
Rounding out the Adelaide Cup trifecta 2017 was the beaten favourite Master Of Arts.
Originally purchased and imported down under by prolific owner Lloyd Williams, Annus Mirabilis was subsequently bought by Melbourne Racing Club Chairman Mike Symons.
Webb admitted that the horse was intended for a jumps career and that he would eventually get to hurdle racing, but that on the back of the Adelaide Cup win a trip to Sydney looked too good to pass up.
The Adelaide Cup winner will now track towards an April 8 run at Royal Randwick on Day 2 of ‘The Championships’ in the $2 million Group 1 Schweppes Sydney Cup (3200m).
“We’ve had him for a jumps preparation,” Webb said.
“He’ll jump eventually.
“But he’s still in the Sydney Cup and he’s a horse that will stay all day so we might go there.”
Before his Adelaide Cup success Annus Mirabilis sat as a $51 chance in all-in Sydney Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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2017 Adelaide Cup Results & Finishing Order
Adelaide Race 7 – 13/03/2017
|1||12||ANNUS MIRABILIS (IRE)||Stuart Webb||Regan Bayliss||–||7||55.5kg||$9|
|2||16||DOUBLE BLUFF (IRE)||Robbie Laing||Joe Bowditch||1.3L||2||55.5kg||$51|
|3||2||MASTER OF ARTS (NZ)||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||2.2L||6||56.5kg||$3.40F|
|4||1||CHANCE TO DANCE (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Ben Melham||2.8L||3||58kg||$8|
|5||5||JIM’S JOURNEY||Peter F Blanch||Dom Tourneur||3.5L||15||55.5kg||$16|
|6||6||DE LITTLE ENGINE||Danny O’Brien||Daniel Moor||5.3L||18||55.5kg||$8.50|
|7||17||HONEY STEEL’S GOLD||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Ben Allen (a)||5.6L||4||55.5kg||$19|
|8||8||MUJADALE||Dane Smith||Ms Nikita Beriman||6.5L||5||55.5kg||$31|
|9||7||LORD VAN PERCY (GB)||Darren Weir||Mark Zahra||6.9L||19||55.5kg||$18|
|10||19||EXALTED LIGHTNING||Rob Wilkinson||Paul Gatt||9.2L||16||55.5kg||$201|
|11||4||MAIL IT IN||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Clare Lindop||9.8L||12||55.5kg||$9|
|12||15||DARABAD (FR)||Robbie Laing||Noel Callow||14.9L||1||55.5kg||$12|
|13||3||PUCCINI (NZ)||Wayne Walters||Ms Kate Walters||15.9L||10||55.5kg||$18|
|14||20||KAWABATA||Jamie Edwards||Dean Holland||16L||9||55.5kg||$26|
|15||10||LIKE A CAROUSEL||Ken Keys||Craig Newitt||16.7L||13||55.5kg||$31|
|16||9||TUNES||Grant Young||Ms Jamie Kah||16.8L||17||55.5kg||$31|
|17||21e||ANURADHA||Ryan Balfour||Damien Thornton||44.2L||14||55.5kg||$201|
|18||13||CHESTNUT CHARLIE||Philippe Huserot||Ms Emily Finnegan (a)||75.1L||8||55.5kg||$41|
|19||22e||MIGHTY MAHER||Gary Searle||Todd Pannell||83.7L||11||55.5kg||$151|
|–||23e||CHOYSA (NZ)||Wayne Walters||–||–||0||–||–|
|–||11||DANDY GENT||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||Dean Yendall||–||0||–||–|
|–||14||ONCIDIUM RULER||Michael Kent||Luke Nolen||–||0||–||–|
|–||18||BAYANOVA (NZ)||Michael Kent||Ben Allen (a)||–||0||–||–|