Alexandra Cup Report
by Brad Best
Picnic racing returned to Alexandra on Saturday for the running of the time-honoured Alexandra Cup. Led by no other than the Minister for Racing Martin Pakula, racegoers were treated to a spectacular day of racing with big fields taking to the track in front of a huge crowd.
In the feature event of the day, the Alexandra Cup, Immortal Fire made it seven wins for the season, passing Avon Country in the battle for picnic racehorse of the year honours with just a handful of meetings to go. Taking up his customary on-pace role, the Trevor Rogers-trained star of the track, ridden superbly by Dani Walker, never looked in danger, clearing away for a one-and-a-quarter-length win ahead of the fast-finishing Kondoa. It was Dani Walker’s first Alexandra Cup, adding to her Balnarring Cup victory last month on the five-year-old gelding.
Minister for Racing The Hon Martin Pakula MP enjoys a day out at the Alexandra Picnic Cup as Immortal Fire streets the oppposition to record victory number 7 this season.
In other races, honours were shared among the hoops with six different jockeys saluting in the winner’s stalls. In the first, six-year-old gelding Conspicuous Star, ridden by Rob Kirkpatrick, went one better than last start at Yea, flying home late to record a half-length win for trainer Shelley Kirkpatrick.
In the second, Ashlee Beer took the reins of Mozart’s Dream, rounding the home turn in front before guiding the three-year-old filly to a solid one-and-three-quarter-length victory. In race three, Grant Seccombe timed his run to perfection on board Mt Sugarloaf, driving the six-year-old gelding to victory in a classic three-way finish ahead of Once and Babz.
In the fourth, Matthew Corbisiero produced a fantastic ride on topweight Pretty Almaher. The classy seven-year-old mare, trained by Robert Linnell, stole a break at the home turn and put a gap in the field, pulling away for a two-and-a-quarter-length victory. While in the last, five-year-old gelding Campin, ridden by young gun Toby Lake, broke his maiden status with a brilliant come-from-behind victory over West Rock Jaemie who was promoted to second place after a lengthy protest by the ever-determined Craig Kirkpatrick.
Next week, picnic racing heads to Hinnomunjie on Saturday and Balnarring on Monday for a brilliant double-header over the Labour Day long weekend. We can’t wait to see you there!
Results for Alexandra. Visit the picture gallery for the days action at Alexandra.