A TALE OF TWO GROUP ONES

What a Saturday of racing. Possibly one of the most exciting Chipping Norton in modern day history as well as an absolute boilover in the Australian Guineas. It was definitely a day where the bookie and punter went punch for punch

The drama on Saturday started in race 6 at Randwick as Verry Ellegant set out to climb back into the winners enclosure after a disappointing resumption in the Apollo earlier that month.

As soon as the barriers opened it began as Verry Elleegant, under the ride of James McDonald, flopped out of the gates and began slowly eventually pushing through to midfield. 

On the turn for home it first looked like Kolding was about to set sail to another G1 win before Collette and the ever improving Verry Elleegant began to run down the race leader. As they sat down to battle it out it was then fellow Godolphin runner Aviliius who started to make a run from the centre of the track. 

As Avillius looked the strongest it would be the mighty mare who would kick again inside and push clear of the Godolphin pair to win her 7th and arguably best Group 1 to date. 


Next we headed to the second of three Group 1s on the day as we hopped across the border to see the 3yos battle it out in the Australian Guineas at Flemington..

Much of the talk before the race had been the form of Tagaloa, Zou Dancer and Ole Kirk and which one of them would be able to win. No one on earth saw Lunar Fox coming.

The Fox was a huge price reaching $172 on the tote and $301 plus with most bookies. So unfancied was the Pruesker trained runner after finishing 13 lengths off Tagaloa in the CS Hayes stakes he hit $420 in running with Betfair. 

It was definitely a race for the bookies as Lunar Fox’s win leveled Quaddies for the day as well as a number of multiples. 

If you were on the Quaddie congratulations as after race 9 had been completed all three totes had the Quadrella paying around $500,000. 

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