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VRC Kennedy Oaks Day 2017 continues the Melbourne Cup Carnival action today for Ladies Day at Flemington Racecourse and below the Races.com.au team have the live VRC Oaks Day results from the track across the afternoon.
VRC Oaks Day racing features nine races, with the highlight slated as the penultimate event on the card.
The 2017 Kennedy Oaks jumps as Flemington Race 8 at 5:00pm (AEDT) and features a dozen three-year-old fillies dominated by odds-on favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au Aloisia ($1.55).
She won the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) two back before blitzing the boys emphatically in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m), now chasing the double last achieved by Jameka (2015).
Two Group 3 support acts are the other features on the Oaks Day program including the card closer, the 2017 Kennedy Plate for the young sprinting fillies.
Stay tuned across the afternoon for the latest Melbourne racing results, live VRC Oaks Day winners and the 2017 VRC Oaks Results where the superior filly of the spring will be crowned!
Race 8 (5:00pm) – Group 1 $1,000,000 Kennedy Oaks (2500m)
- 1st: #4 Pinot
- 2nd: #3 Bring Me Roses
- 3rd: #6 Hiyaam
Gai Waterhouse has finally won her maiden VRC Oaks after a gutsy victory in the Group 1 from her tough Pierro filly Pinot.
A perfect pedigree of both sprinting ability out of Pierro and staying potential being from Oaks winner Dizelle, Pinot lived up to her breeding and backed-up from the Group 3 Ethereal Stakes (2000m) to salute in the 2500m feature.
After missing the kick jockey Stephen Baster didn’t panic, allowing Pinot to roll around them and settle second behind the leader Rimraam.
Once on the straight she gave a lovely kicked and stormed to the line ahead of the fast-finishing Bring Me Roses who ran on well, while Hiyaam for Mick Price rounded out the VRC Oaks Trifecta in third.
Race 7 (4:15pm) – Listed $150,000 Seppelt Wines Stakes (1800m)
- 1st: #3 All Too Huiying
- 2nd: #4 Black Sail
- 3rd: #5 Sky Boy
The in-form Gary Moore-trained All Too Hard colt All Too Huiying scored an all-the-way upset in the Listed Seppelt Wines Stakes on Oaks Day going out a $31 shot and proving too good for his rivals in the 1800m clash.
Jockey Michael Walker took the well-bred three-year-old, coming off back-to-back Hawkesbury wins in October, to the lead from a wide barrier 12 draw.
The horse got a soft lead and was able to take his time in front, while the favourite Sambro missed the start and settled at the tail of the field never presenting as a winning chance.
All Too Huiying relished being left alone in the lead on the rails, holding his front running position into the straight.
After doing plenty of work out wide in fourth throughout, the Aaron Purcell-trained Black Sail started to chase down All Too Huiying, but the eventual winner gave a nice kick and held the challengers at bay in a gutsy, sustained staying effort.
In third was Sky Boy for dual Melbourne Cup winning hoop Corey Brown, the gelding having come down the outside to snare a spot in the trifecta.
The result was Gary Moore’s first Melbourne Cup Carnival win as a trainer and the horseman looks to have a serious stayer in the making on his hands with All Too Huiying having had his ears pricked the whole way and looking like he’ll get further later in his career.
Race 6 (3:35pm) – Listed $150,000 Absolut Stakes (1000m)
- 1st: #2 Ball Of Muscle
- 2nd: #5 Crystal Dreamer
- 3rd: #9 Palazzo Pubblico
It had been nearly 900 days between wins for the always-honest Joe Pride-trained sprinter Ball Of Muscle, but a big drop back in grade and a return to 1000m racing saw the seven-year-old son of Dubawi returning to winning form on VRC Oaks Day.
A Group 1 placed horse at his peak, Ball Of Muscle hadn’t won since the Group 2 QTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben in May 2015, but he made his rivals look second-rate in the Listed Absolut Stakes.
Runner-up to subsequent The Everest winner Redzel only in mid-September, Ball Of Muscle came off a lead-up third behind Saturday’s Darley Classic contenders In Her Time (1st) and Impending (2nd) in the Sydney Stakes at Royal Randwick.
A genuine short-distance specialist, Ball Of Muscle was better dropping back to 1000m and saluted like the short-priced favourite he was.
Jockey Glyn Schofield got the galloper to the outside fence and once there, Ball Of Muscle always looked the winner with his sustained, high cruising speed.
Chasing the winner all the way to the line for a brave but distant second was Crystal Dreamer, while third went to first-up mare Palazzo Pubblico.
Race 5 (2:55pm) – Group 3 $200,000 TCL TV Stakes (1400m)
- 1st: #5 Hellova Street
- 2nd: #2 Supply And Demand
- 3rd: #10 Fox Hall
It was an emotional Oaks Day from Seven Mile Beach trainer from Tasmanian Scott Brunton whose stable ace Hellova Street enjoyed a breakthrough Group 3 win in the TCL TV Stakes, registered as the Chatham Stakes.
A wide open betting market on the seven starters had all but one under $10 for the win including seven-year-old Helike gelding Hellova Street ($5) who sustained a huge run up front in an all-the-way effort.
Jockey Brenton Avdulla was on the winner having scored the VRC Oaks upset on all-the-way $101 shot Lasqueti Spirit at the same meeting 12 months ago.
A winner of six Listed races before today’s Flemington Group 3, Hellova Street jumped well from the gates and went straight to the front.
The pacemaker was a sitting duck in the straight, but nothing in the race could run him down.
In second was the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained stayer Supply And Demand, the winter’s Caloundra Cup – Grafton Cup winner over the mile and a half making up good ground late.
A gritty on-pace performance from the Tony McEvoy-trained Foxwedge four-year-old Fox Hall saw the locally-trained gelding settle second and hold for third.
Race 4 (2:15pm) – $200,000 Melbourne Cup Carnival Country Final (1600m)
- 1st: #17 Another Coldie
- 2nd: #2 Night’s Watch
- 3rd: #1 I Am The Dark
Darren Weir ran the quinella in the lucrative Melbourne Cup Carnival Country Final with the Damian Lane-ridden Snitzel four-year-old Another Coldie ($7.50) holding off his better fancied stablemate, the notriously hard-to-ride Night’s Watch ($2.90), after getting a better run in transit.
Jockey John Allen retained the ride on progressive Redwood four-year-old Night’s Watch who jumped favourite after winning at Bendigo on November 1, the same race that produced Weir’s Oaks Day winner Another Coldie (3rd).
The Country Final favourite though didn’t settle into a great position, second last in the strung out field, while Another Coldie raced closer on the pace.
Once on the straight Night’s Watch was looking to run on and flew down the outside reeling in his rivals in hot pursuit of the stablemate.
Another Coldie had saved more energy throughout after landing in a nice spot, peaked late and held on to win, while in-form Turffontein five-year-old I Am The Dark ($26) added value to the trifecta in third behind the Weir duo.
Weir said the $200,000 Oaks Day race was the likely peak of Another Coldie’s abilities, but tipped the promising Night’s Watch for bigger races in the futures.
Race 3 (1:35pm) – $120,000 Off The Track Subzero Handicap (1400m)
- 1st: #8 Tribal Wisdom
- 2nd: #9 Harbour Grey
- 3rd: #4 Powerline
Makfi four-year-old Tribal Wisdom could steal the ‘Grey Flash’ title from Chautauqua after the Michael Moroney-trained gelding stole the show late reeling off outstanding closing sectionals to fly home in the greys’ only Off The Track Subzero Handicap.
Ridden by Patrick Moloney, the winner was nowhere to be seen until the final 200m when flashing late to run down Harbour Grey who looked home, while the Kris Lees-trained Powerline ran third in an incredible performance off a year long break.
On the straight the early leader Valic was quickly run down with Harbour Grey making his move from out deeper on the track and Powerline tracking up well off an on-pace ride throughout.
It was all Tribal Wisdom in the end however, the galloper making up incredible ground with a blistering acceleration to steal the win on the line.
Tribal Wisdom hand’t won a race since the Listed Gosford Guineas (1200m) back in March when also ridden off the pace.
Moloney wasn’t originally instructed to settle back, but after the horse badly missed the jump he was forced to ride him at the tail end, a back-up plan that worked out perfectly.
Race 2 (12:55pm) – $120,000 Twitter Trophy (1800m)
- 1st: #3 Mr Garcia
- 2nd: #7 Carraig Aonair
- 3rd: #5 Hogmanay
Well-supported German raider Mr Garcia enjoyed a Flemington win on Oaks Day, the Paco Boy gelding having his final run for former Melbourne Cup winning horseman Andreas Wohler before joining the Darren Weir stables along with Cup graduate Red Cardinal.
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy gave Mr Garcia, first-up in Australia, a patient and well-timed ride in the Twitter Trophy despite things not quite going his way in the run.
The pace was only moderate with jockey Craig Williams putting the brakes on midrace up front on the Lindsay Park-trained last start Moonee Valley winner Carraig Aonair.
Mr Garcia though was given every chance, settled well in fourth off the slack pace before drifting back midfield in the bunched field.
Once on the straight, Mr Garcia was really travelling down the centre having got his balance and wore down eventual runner-up Carraig Aonair, taking the lead to let down well and score a three-quarter length win.
Also finishing off well and diving late to score third and round out the trifecta was the Chris Waller-trained Lonhro gelding Hogmanay.
Race 1 (12:15pm) – $120,000 DrinkWise Plate (1700m)
- 1st: #14 Linguist
- 2nd: #10 So Splendid
- 3rd: #13 Winklemann
It was an apt start to Ladies Day at Flemington with jockey Linda Meech taking out the first aboard well-bred four-year-old Helmet mare Linguist.
Coming off a lead-up win over the mile at Ballarat, the Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained mare bounced out the barriers and found the front.
She had one of the best front-running riders in the saddle and Meech allowed Lingust to coast along in the lead.
The mare was beautifully relaxed and when Meech asked her for more 250m from the winning post, the winner really let fly and kicked clear charging to the line.
Linguist defeated the fast-finishing Chris Waller-trained So Splendid by around three lengths, while Winklemann rounded out the trifecta after travelling third on the inside throughout.
Race 9 (5:45pm) – Group 3 $200,000 Kennedy Plate Results
- 1st: #4 Jorda
- 2nd: #6 I Am Excited
- 3rd: #7 Smart Coupe
Jorda ended a run of outs for James Cummings and Hugh Bowman with an impressive win in the Kennedy Plate at Flemington this afternoon.
The field split into two groups down the famous Flemington straight and it became clear early in the race that there wasn’t a great deal between the two groups.
Jorda kicked clear of the inside group with 200 metres left to run and looked like the winner, but I Am Excited got a split on the outside rail and powered to the line.
The two fillies could not have been further apart on the line, but it was Jorda who just got her nose in front to claim her first win since she took out the Gimcrack Stakes on debut over 12 months ago.
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