Group 2 Adelaide Cup Lets the Stayers Emerge for a Monday Race
Lest the elite in Victoria and New South Wales lose sight of the fact, South Australia’s Morphettville Racecourse maintains one of the few true staying races on the Australian thoroughbred racing calendar with the Group 2 UBET Adelaide Cup (3200 m).
Then again, the race happens on a Monday, so it is possible to overlook it.
Fifteen horses made the jump, with seven of those accounted for by three trainers, two from Darren Weir, two from Robbie Laing and three from the Hayes – Dabernig operation.
Fanatic, ridden by Michael Walker, took the win with a narrow edge of Ormito. Fanatic earned $256,000 for the win for the Hayes group, but Weir did okay, adding $100,000 to the bag, thanks to Ormito and Poppiholla in third.
Walker took the inside path and squeezed Fanatic through on the rail, saving the ground that may have cost Ormito the win. He was also aboard the winner in the Australian Cup at Flemington on Saturday, piloting Harlem to the win against a strong field.
Walker told Racing Victoria about the tactics he used after the race, saying, “I could see 1400m that I would get a run because the leader, I could see, was hanging off the (fence) the whole race. I knew I was going to get there. I couldn’t have dreamed of a better run. I never left the fence, I followed the second horse because I thought he would be hard to beat.He left the fence. I took the fence.”
Walker needed less than 10 seconds to succinctly sum up almost three-and-a-half minutes of racing, so he is a sprinter interview, not a stayer interview.
Ben Hayes indicated that Fanatic would go on to try the Sydney Cup (3200 m) at Randwick in mid-April. Fanatic seems to do well once she gets beyond 2400 metres, having won the Sandown Cup at 3200 m, but she has yet to be tried in the Melbourne Cup.