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In a brilliant training effort by Phillip Stokes, last year’s runner-up Good Idea returned an improved horse to go one better and score a commanding victory at big odds in Mondays’ 2021 Adelaide Cup results.
A well-bred son of So You Think out of former VRC Oaks winning mare Faint Perfume, Good Idea broke a notable drought celebrating his first win since February last year.
“I can’t believe it, a super training effort,” Stokes’ son Tommy told the media post-win from Morphettville.
Good Idea was runner-up to King Of Leogrance over the two-miles last autumn in the Adelaide Cup and presented a fit chance at $18 12 months on to win the event fourth-up.
“He arrived at our stables on Friday in terrific order,” Stokes added.
“He’s a tough horse this one.
“I’m just over the moon for the owners involved as well.”
Jockey Ben Thompson jumped aboard the eventual Adelaide Cup winner from the inside alley on Monday and got the stayer settled beautifully fourth in the run.
It was the Tasmanian visitor White Hawk leading them around until mid-race when Starcaster, not happy to be three-deep in the run, worked around them to be taken to the lead by Jamie Kah.
Starcaster was still in the lead at the turn in front of Good Idea who Thompson had primed and ready to strike.
The Shane Oxlade-trained Americain mare Eperdument was also working her way into the finish at the top of the straight on the back of her lead-up third to Tralee Rose in the Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes (2600m) last start.
Brilliant Lord Reims winner Tralee Rose jumped sort favourite in the Adelaide Cup and got a lovely trail in the Group 2 settled midfield with room, given every chance.
Good Idea however took at the 300m, dashing to the lead and went on to win the classic running away with three lengths to spare over the eye-catching runner-up Eperdument who ran out of her skin for second at an 80/1 start price.
In third rounding out the Adelaide Cup trifecta was Long Arm who cam from last to finish in the money just ahead of the disappointing beaten favourite Tralee Run in fourth.
“It’s fantastic,” Stokes said.
“Dad’s trained him to a tee. He was very confident going into today.”
2021 Adelaide Cup Results
|1||10||GOOD IDEA||Phillip Stokes||Ben Thompson||1||53kg||$17|
|2||9||EPERDUMENT||Shane Oxlade||Ms Kayla Crowther||3.5L||2||53kg||$81|
|3||6||LONG ARM (IRE)||Peter Gelagotis||Kerrin McEvoy||3.7L||14||53.5kg||$6.50|
|4||4||TRALEE ROSE (NZ)||Symon Wilde||Jason Holder||4.7L||4||55.5kg||$1.85F|
|5||5||BARADE (FR)||Archie Alexander||Ms Jessica Eaton (a)||4.9L||5||54kg||$26|
|6||2||MOSH MUSIC||Archie Alexander||Mark Zahra||6.1L||12||58kg||1.0kg||$17|
|7||7||STARCASTER (GB)||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Ms Jamie Kah||6.3L||3||53.5kg||$9|
|8||8||STARS OF CARRUM||Peter G Moody||Jason Benbow||7.9L||9||53.5kg||$21|
|9||15||VIVIDREDSKY (NZ)||Paul Preusker||Dean Holland||11L||13||53kg||$101|
|10||11||WHITE HAWK||Angela Brakey||Stan Tsaikos||21.7L||8||53kg||$101|
|11||13||DARVIN (IRE)||Matthew Williams||Dean Yendall||24L||6||53kg||$11|
|12||14||RIPCORD (NZ)||Paul Preusker||Declan Bates||31.4L||10||53kg||$101|
|13||12||CLASSIC WEIWEI||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||Barend Vorster||46.9L||7||53kg||$41|
|14||17||TABLE OF WISDOM||Dennis O’Leary||Ms Anna Jordsjo||57.9L||11||53kg||$201|
|SB||3||SIN TO WIN (NZ)||Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes||Daniel Stackhouse||0||55.5kg|
|1||DOUBLE YOU TEE||Patrick Payne||Todd Pannell||0|
|16||OURKHANI||Richard & Chantelle Jolly||Jeffrey Maund||0|
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