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Surprise Baby lived up to his name at Flemington on Saturday as Paul Preusker’s five-year-old earned a guaranteed spot in next month’s 2019 Melbourne Cup.
The gelding by Shocking jumped as the favourite in The Bart Cummings (2520m) before showing a tremendous turn of foot over the final 200m to flash home late and win by a length and a half.
Surprise Baby entered the race fresh from a fourth placing in the Group 2 Feehan Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley a fortnight ago. Following Saturday’s win, the Kiwi galloper has since firmed into $15.00 with Ladbrokes.com.au in Melbourne Cup betting ahead of the race that stops a nation.
“I haven’t got a lot of words at the minute so you’ll have to forgive me,” Preusker said after the race.
“I think he’ll improve a lot off today, he’s not wound up, I’ll strip him better again. It’s just a matter of getting him home and letting the feet hit the ground and we’ll come up with another plan.”
Surprise Baby currently holds a 52.5kg weight claim for the Group 1 $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) with a likely penalty forthcoming. Almandin (2016) remains the only horse to have successfully completed The Bart Cummings-Melbourne Cup double since 2007.
2019 The Bart Cummings Results & Finishing Order
|1||3||SURPRISE BABY (NZ)||Paul Preusker||Jordan Childs||–||6||57kg||$2.50F|
|2||11||SUPERNOVA (GB)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||1.5L||4||54kg||$6|
|3||10||WOLFE (JPN)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Ms Linda Meech||2.25L||1||54kg||$8|
|4||4||VENTURA STORM (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Jamie Kah||3.75L||2||56kg||$11|
|5||8||AZURO (FR)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Dean Yendall||3.95L||3||54kg||$21|
|6||2||DAL HARRAILD (GB)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Mark Zahra||4.25L||5||57kg||$16|
|7||6||ALFARRIS (FR)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Luke Nolen||5.5L||12||54kg||$31|
|8||14||QUAFFANY||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||Luke Currie||6.25L||11||54kg||$61|
|9||9||KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR)||Liam Howley||Damien Oliver||6.65L||8||54kg||$9|
|10||13||THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ)||Shaune Ritchie||Cory Parish||6.85L||9||54kg||$91|
|11||7||ETYMOLOGY||James Cummings||Craig Williams||8.1L||10||54kg||$19|
|12||12||TE AKAU CALIBURN (IRE)||Jamie Richards||Damian Lane||8.3L||13||54kg||$21|
|13||1||MUNTAHAA (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Martin Harley||15.3L||7||58kg||$101|
|–||5||HARIPOUR (IRE)||Chris Waller||Jye McNeil||–||0||–||–|
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