Australian Cup 2020 Results: Fifty Stars 10th Winner for Lindsay Park

March 7, 2020

Australian Cup 2020 Results: Fifty Stars 10th Winner for Lindsay Park

The David Hayes-led Lindsay Park stable celebrated their incredible 10th Australian Cup success with Fifty Stars backing-up from his Blamey Stakes win last weekend to take out the $1.5 million feature on ‘Super Saturday’.

Fifty Stars. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Fifty Stars handed the Lindsay Park training team their 10th win in the 2020 Australian Cup. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The team are now waiting to see how the gutsy Sea The Star entire comes through the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) triumph before deciding whether to race him on three straight Saturday’s for a shot at the $5 million The All-Star Mile (1600m) at Caulfield.

“It was a real thrill to win the 10th is just a fantastic effort from everyone for a lot of years,” Hall of Famer Hayes said.

“They can do it (race three times in three weeks). I saw the Irish mare (Magic Wand) do it last year (running in the Cox Plate, Melbourne Cup, Mackinnon Stakes)…so we’ll think about it for a couple of days and not make any rash decisions.”

Five-year-old Fifty Stars added to his value at stud going back-to-back at Flemington as the first winner of the Blamey Stakes – Australian Cup double since Better Loosen Up (1991).

Ridden to victory again by Irishman John Allen, who enjoyed his eighth Group 1 success, Fifty Stars ($7) was excellent late charging home for a half-length win over star Perth galloper Regal Power ($6).

“A huge thrill and it’s great to get a winner,” Allen said post-race.

“He’s got a good turn of foot.

“I was delighted to get on him today.”

It was a huge training performance to have Fifty Stars firing again on the short turnaround and a super ride from Allen travelling behind Railway Stakes winner Regal Power, who looked the winner at the 300m before being run down.

In a brilliant return to racing was the Danny O’Brien-trained Melbourne Cup champion Vow And Declare ($14) who rounded out the Australian Cup trifecta in third, two lengths ahead of the race’s two-time champion Harlem ($19) also representing Lindsay Park.

“We planned this race for a long time,” Hayes said of the Australian Cup for Fifty Stars.

“We set him for it and it paid off. I thought the tactics were spot on on the day too.

“All credit to Johnny Allen who sat on him and produced him late.

“He’s that (a high-quality horse) so he fitted the bill.”

Fifty Stars qualified for the 2020 The All-Star Mile field via the Blamey and is currently paying $13 to go around again and win the Special Conditions feature.

Regal Power, raced by prolific WA owner-breeder Bob Peters, is an emergency for The All-Star Mile and will back-up in the event joining stablemate Superstorm ($8) – a Wild Card contender – for trainers Grant & Alana Williams should he gain a start.

Click here for the latest The All-Star Mile 2020 odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Australian Cup Results

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 7 FIFTY STARS (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig John Allen 13 59kg $7
2 6 REGAL POWER Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 0.5L 12 59kg $6
3 1 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 1.25L 10 59kg $14
4 4 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Kah 3.5L 2 59kg $19
5 2 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Dwayne Dunn 4.25L 9 59kg $3.20F
6 8 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ben Melham 5L 6 59kg $13
7 9 SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Michael Dee 6L 14 59kg $21
8 14 MISS SISKA Grahame Begg Damian Lane 6.5L 7 57kg $16
9 3 SUZUKA DEVIOUS (JPN) Mitsuru Hashida Dean Yendall 6.6L 8 59kg $101
10 5 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Chris Waller Jye McNeil 6.8L 1 59kg $8
11 10 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Brad Rawiller 7.55L 11 59kg $41
12 13 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Glen Boss 14.55L 4 58.5kg $26
13 12 CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 15.55L 5 58.5kg $41
14 11 VENICE BEACH (IRE) Danny O’Brien Fred W Kersley (a) 15.75L 3 59kg $151

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