Purple Smile Runs Impressive Adelaide Cup
Purple Smile surprised favourite Real Love, showing no love at all in holding on for the win in the Group 2 Adelaide Cup at Morphettville. The five-year-old David Hayes and Tom Dabernig trained 2010 son of formidable New Zealand stayer Zabeel also fended off a challenge by Tune in the 3200m race by a long head.
For Purple Smile hoop Stephen Baster, it was his second Adelaide Cup win; the first coming in 2002 when he rode the Cliff Brown trained The A Train.
Baster felt some consolation in the win after having lost the Australian Cup in a protest to Preferment jockey Hugh Bowman Saturday past at Flemington.
Purple Smile had been priced at $31 leading up to the race, but as the jump got closer, he gained some friends during the on course betting and eventually shortened to $16 at the start.
Tune was even further out of favour with punters, jumping at $41, so the second place finish was a worthy outing as an import from the U.S.
Brad Rawiller was unable to get mare Real Love to close at the finish, and the $2.35 favourite saw three quarters of a length behind the winner as the best that could be done.
Purple Smile’s win was all the more impressive given the outside barrier the gelding drew.