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The Group 1 $1.25m Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) and the Group 1 $1.5m Australian Cup (2000m) are the two main feature races on Super Saturday at Flemington today. The Newmarket Handicap has a star studded field of sprinters that will dash down the Flemington straight while the Australian Cup is packed with weight for age talent including the 2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin as well as multiple Group 1 winners Hartnell and Gailo Chop.
The supporting program on the nine event card is filled with top quality horses with the two year olds competing in the Group 2 $200,000 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) and the three year old fillies lining up against each other in the Group 2 $200,000 Kewney Stakes (1400m) .
Races.com.au will keep you up to date all through Super Saturday at Flemington with race by race results posted as they come in.
2018 Super Saturday Day Results at Flemington
Race 1 (12:15pm) $100,000 BenchMark 90 Handicap (1000m)
The first race on Super Saturday was a sprint down the Flemington straight and the field of nine came down the middle of the course. The winner Demonstrate ($7.50) with Craig Williams in the saddle came from the middle of the pack and surged to the front at the 150m mark. Concealer ($4.60) ran an honest race to run second with Sunday Escape ($11) in third spot. The $3.60 favourite Nasdex finished just behind the placegetters.
- 1st – Demonstrate
- 2nd – Concealer
- 3rd – Sunday Escape
Race 2 (12:50pm) $100,000 BenchMark 90 Handicap (1800m)
Darren Weir’s English import Kings Will Dream stretched his winning run in Australia to four on the trot. Winning jockey Mark Zahra gave Kings Will Dream ($1.80 favourite) the run of the race in the box seat and once Zahra pushed him into the clear at the 300m, the four year old was never in any danger of defeat. $41 outsider Riyadh got to within a length and a half of the winner with Sin To Win ($9) holding his own for third.
- 1st – Kings Will Dream
- 2nd – Riyadh
- 3rd – Sin To Win
Race 3 (1:25pm) $100,000 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy (1400m)
The Leon and Troy Corstens trained King’s Command ($8) gave nothing else a chance with an all the way win in the The Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy. Ben Thompson set the pace on King’s Command and then let the six year have his head at the top of the straight and he went on to blitz his rivals with a five and a quarter lengths win. Tiamo Grace ($21) tried hard in the straight to find second spot with Nitio ($4.80) close behind in third. The $3.80 favourite Portman was never in the hunt from a wide barrier and faded in the straight to beat one runner home.
- 1st – King’s Command
- 2nd – Tiamo Grace
- 3rd – Notio
Race 4 (2:05pm) $200,000 Group 2 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m)
Lightly raced Not A Single Cent ($9.50) showed great improvement at his second race start to bolt away with the Sires’ Produce Stakes. Winning jockey Mark Zahra settled Not A Single Cent just behind the speed and the colt was strong at the finish to overhaul the leaders at the 250m mark and went on to record an impressive wins. Seberate ($9.50) had a tough run down the straight but held on for second with Akkadian ($17) running home for third. The $4.80 favourite set the pace but after having a tough battle in the straight, faded at the finish to miss a place.
- 1st – Not A Single Cent
- 2nd – Seberate
- 3rd – Akkadian
Race 5 (2.40pm) $200,000 Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m)
The inside barrier proved to be a huge advantage for Bella Martini ($5.50) who found the line hard to win the Kewney Stakes. Winning jockey Dwayne Dunn stuck to the rails for most of the race before rolling off one horse over the final fifty metres. Shokora ($7) tried hard to peg back the winner to finish second with Palazzo Vecchio ($8) coming from well back in the field to find third. Summer Sham ($5.50) set the pace but faded in the straight to miss a place.
- 1st – Bella Martini
- 2nd – Shokora
- 3rd – Palazzo Vecchio
Race 6 (3:15pm) $1.25m Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m)
The Lindsay Park trained Redkirk Warrior ($7) scores back to back wins in the Newmarket Handicap for birthday boy Regan Bayliss. Bayliss brought Redkirk Warrior down the outside fence to score a head win over the Darren Weir trained Brave Smash who stuck to the inside. Three year old Merchant Navy ($6) ran another brave race to fill third spot.
- 1st – Redkirk Warrior
- 2nd – Brave Smash
- 3rd – Merchant Navy
Race 7 (4:00pm) $150,000 Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m)
Craig Williams produced another first class ride to take out the Schweppervescence Trophy on the $2.50 favourite Spanish Reef. The Ken Keys trained Spanish Reef made it back to back Flemington wins when she beat Samovare ($3.10) and Jester Halo ($19). Williams had Spanish Reef travelling behind the leader in the early and middle stages and shot the mare to front at the 350m and she was strong at the finish to hold off all the challengers.
- 1st – Spanish Reef
- 2nd – Samovare
- 3rd – Jester Halo
Race 8 (4:35pm) $1.5m Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m)
The Lindsay Park Team wrapped up a Group 1 winning double with $61 outsider Harlem winning the Australian Cup. Winning jockey Michael Walker stuck to the inside and squeezed through a narrow gap at the 250m to score a half a lengths win over the $2.60 favourite Gailo Chop. The winner’s stablemate Ventura Storm ($31) also ran a mighty race to find third spot.
- 1st – Harlem
- 2nd – Gailo Chop
- 3rd – Ventura Storm
Race 9 (5:20pm) $120,000 Listed Incognitus Stakes (1100m)
Punters got something back when $3.60 favourite She’s So High was able to win the last race on the nine event Super Saturday card. They can thank Damien Oliver for another first class ride after he stuck to the fence on the inside of the course and was then able to push She’s So High into the clear at the 250m before running away to record a three lengths win over Regimen ($4). Twilight Song ($4), like the first two placegetters also raced on the flat side of the track and stuck on to finish third.
- 1st – She’s So High
- 2nd – Regimen
- 3rd – Twilight Song
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