2021 Australian Cup Results: Homesman Wins in $26 Upset

March 6, 2021

2021 Australian Cup Results: Homesman Wins in $26 Upset

Veteran seven-year-old Homesman continued an excellent Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival for Anthony & Sam Freedman scoring a notable upset at $26 in the Australian Cup 2021 results at Flemington on ‘Super Saturday’.

Homesman Horse Form (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

Homesman scored an upset win in the 2021 Australian Cup results at Flemington on Super Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Following on from the stable’s Blue Diamond Stakes win with Artorius a fortnight back, the Freedman team were back to take home the Group 1 $1.5 million Australian Cup (2000m) trophy with the always-honest Homesman.

First-up winner at The Valley last October in the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m), the American-bred War Front gelding presented fit second-up at HQ.

He came off an eye-catching third only a length off Paradee in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) and relished the 2000m distance in the time-honoured Australian Cup.

Last year’s Melbourne Cup winning hoop Jye McNeil retained the ride on Homesman and rode him to perfection out three-wide wide giving the horse plenty of room to wind-up.

Steel Prince took up the lead from Best Of Days, Homesman settled around fifth just behind his last start conqueror Paradee who got a lovely trail fourth then third throughout.

The pace quickened as the field approached the home turn, Steel Prince collared on the straight by the James Cummings-trained Best Of Days coming off a Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) fourth.

The Australian Cup turned into a thrilling two-horse battle as Homesman moved up to fight it out with fellow $26 outsider Best Of Days at the 100m, the duo going stride-for-stride in an exciting photo-finish.

Top honours eventually went to Homesman who went up the inside to just get over the top of a brave Best Of Days with the Michael Moroney-trained Chapada rounding out the lucrative trifecta in third as a 30/1 shot in Australian Cup betting.

“It’s a big thrill. A huge team effort,” co-trainer Sam Freedman told Racing Victoria after the race.

“Jye rode him perfectly, a bit of room to move. One thing he’s got is that tenacity and that real will to win.

“We couldn’t quite get that spot in The All-Star Mile, but this is perhaps this was a bit better.”

2021 Australian Cup Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 HOMESMAN (USA) Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 14 59kg $26
2 7 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Luke Nolen 0.1L 17 59kg $26
3 9 CHAPADA Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 1.1L 9 59kg $41
4 17 PARADEE Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 1.3L 1 57kg $8
5 6 ANGEL OF TRUTH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 1.6L 13 59kg $17
6 12 DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) Patrick Payne Billy Egan 1.7L 4 59kg $12
7 15 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 1.8L 8 57kg $151
8 13 SAN HUBERTO (IRE) Matt Cumani Dean Yendall 1.9L 6 59kg $19
9 8 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Ms Jamie Kah 2.1L 11 59kg $9.50
10 3 FIFTY STARS (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes John Allen 2.3L 3 59kg $3.50F
11 11 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller Mark Zahra 2.4L 2 59kg $11
12 2 HARLEM (GB) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Michael Walker 3.9L 7 59kg $41
13 10 PLATOON Neville Parnham Brad Parnham 4.4L 10 59kg $51
14 1 HUMIDOR (NZ) Chris Waller Damian Lane 5.4L 12 59kg $15
15 14 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Luke Currie 6.65L 16 59kg $15
16 5 WARNING Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Oliver 10.15L 15 59kg $21
17 16 MISS SISKA Matthew Smith Michael Dee 12.65L 5 57kg $91

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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