The Ben, Will & JD Hayes-trained Cox...
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’.
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
|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|
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