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Super Saturday 2017 at Flemington Racecourse featuring a dual shot of Group 1 Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival action takes place today, Saturday March 11, with the real time Flemington race results for all nine races updated right here throughout the day.
Melbourne racing peaks today with Flemington Race 7 – the $1.25 million Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) for the sprinters – and Race 8 – the weight-for-age $1.5 million Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m).
Betting on both races is open right now at Ladbrokes.com.au who are also offering enhanced Newmarket Handicap odds on all the runners (Max Bet $100 / T&Cs apply).
Stay tuned to find out the Newmarket Handicap winner and Australian Cup champion plus all other Super Saturday results across the Flemington card this afternoon.
Race 9 (5:20pm) – $100,000 James Boag’s Premium Handicap (1000m)
- 1st: #12 Rocket Tommy
- 2nd: #6 Bullpit
- 3rd: #14 Lonrockstar
The Gwenda Johnstone-trained speedster Rocket Tommy saluted for the punters in the last on ‘Super Saturday’, the in-form sprinter getting the job done from the outside barrier (15 of 15) to post his third win on the trot in the 1000m dash to close the Flemington card. Despite a little bump soon after the jump, he quickly worked his way into the race and let down inside the 400m to draw a length clear of the always-honest runner-up Bullpit as Lonrockstar finished off the trifecta in third.
Race 8 (4:35pm) – $1,500,000 Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m)
- 1st: #10 Humidor
- 2nd: #11 Jameka
- 3rd: #6 Exopheric
The well-supported Darren Weir-trained favourite Humidor was too good on ‘Super Saturday’ winning his Grand Final autumn aim with a late victory from back in the field over the super brave Caulfield Cup winning mare Jameka holding for second after an on-speed run. In an eye-catching run for third was the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained Exospheric who looks to be tracking well towards The BMW in Sydney over the mile and a half.
Race 7 (3:55pm) – $1,250,000 Group 1 Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m)
- 1st: #12 Redkirk Warrior
- 2nd: #5 Voodoo Lad
- 3rd: #9 Star Turn
Redkirk Warrior defied the history books becoming the first Newmarket Handicap winner in 100 years to do so first-up, the untapped Lindsay Park-trained Hong Kong import handing jockey Regan Bayliss with his first Group 1 success in the terrific straight track success on ‘Super Saturday’.
Race 6 (3:15pm) – $150,000 Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m)
- 1st: #9 Circular
- 2nd: #12 Zasorceress
- 3rd: #1 Miss Rose De Lago
The Godolphin-raced favourite Circular just held off a fast-closing Zasorceress to salute for the punters by the barest of margins in the Group 3 race for the fillies and mares. Ridden by the ‘Magic Man’ Joao Moreira, Circular was hard to beat after getting out 300m from home, but she had to dig deep to hold off the challenger in a photo finish. Pace maker Miss Rose De Lago was also brave holding for third.
Race 5 (2:40pm) – $200,000 Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m)
- 1st: #2 I Am A Star
- 2nd: #3 Ellicazoom
- 3rd: #4 Kenedna
Myer Classic winner I Am A Star justified her short price in Kewney Stakes betting, digging deep late to win the Group 2 in a fighting finish with the ultra-consistent Perth filly Ellicazoom to retain her undefeated record at Flemington Racecourse. It was a tough performance from the filly who could head to Sydney for the Doncaster Mile if the weather permits, or be saved for the Group 1 sprints in Adelaide. Kenedna put in an eye-catching run for third after making up late ground from the back.
Race 4 (2:05pm) – $200,000 Group 2 MSS Security Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m)
- 1st:#8 Sircconi
- 2nd: #1 Aspect
- 3rd: #6 Feng Chu
Jockey Linda Meech dominated up on the pace to win the Group 2 aboard the Peter Morgan-trained Nicconi colt Sircconi who had to dig in deep and hold off a late charge from the runner-up Aspect. Leading all the way, he was best out of the barriers and after a fantastic duel down the straight with Aspect, Sircconi just held on for the win on the inside in a photo result. Feng Chu after racing third on the rails throughout, rounded out the trifecta.
Race 3 (1:25pm) – $120,000 Listed Incognitus Stakes (1100m)
- 1st: #10 Falcool
- 2nd: #2 Ken’s Dream
- 3rd: #11 Sheriff John Stone
The Aaron Purcell-trained three-year-old Falcool put in a terrific first-up performance in the first black-type of Super Saturday. Jockey Hugh Bowman rode the son of Falvelon from a wide draw, travelling smoothly with a nice passage into the race. The up-and-comer let down well late after tracking the inside division – who had the winning hand in the end – waiting till late to produce with an ace finish defeating the favourite Ken’s Dream. Sheriff John Stone rounded out the trifecta.
Race 2 (12:50pm) – $100,000 My Kitchen Rules Handicap (1800m)
- 1st: #Aloft
- 2nd: #10 Hursley
- 3rd: #6 Dodging Bullets
A lovely training effort from Robert Hickmott for owner Lloyd Williams saw classy import Aloft win first-up on Super Saturday over 1800m. For the second time in as many races on the Fleminton card, the Galileo five-year-old led all-the-way and won off an on-speed ride from Ben Melham who controlled the race right from the jump. The favourite Hursley got up on the inside to finish second after travelling well throughout, before jockey Joao Moreira couldn’t get him up through the middle of the leaders on the straight. Dodging Bullets held for third having chased Aloft all the way down the famous Flemington straight.
Race 1 (12:15pm) – $100,000 The Melbourne Cup Carnival On Sale Handicap (1400m)
- 1st:#8 Top Me Up
- 2nd: #6 King’s Command
- 3rd: #2 Sadaqa
The Hawkes Racing-trained four-year-old Top Me Up led all-the-way in the first at Flemington posting his first win at the famous Melbourne track. It was a perfectly timed ride from jockey Dwayne Dunn up front. The winner got away with cheap early sectionals and that combined with the key barrier made him too hard to run down late. King’s Command battled on well finishing second chasing the winner home, while Sadaqa rounded out the trifecta in third after travelling fourth throughout.
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