Flemington saw the Newmarket Handicap take place up the straight and September Run for Chris Waller’s team had been solid in betting all week. On track it was a different story though as September Run drifted from $2.15 out to $2.90 and her performance matched the money.
After a huge run to finish second to Nature Strip in the G1 Lightning September Run looked done from about 400m out and it would be the top weight Zoutori getting the win and Group 1 title.
The Australia Cup was the next Flemington Group 1 to give us an upset as Homesman wound back the clock and beat Godolphin runner Best Of Days at a whopping $26.
It was an emotional win for the Homesman camp as part owner Michael Grudinski had passed away on March 1st.
It was a similar story when we headed north and the search parties were out for the unbeaten Kiwi, Aegon. Going into the race the Baker and Foresman runner had been destroying fields and was even money favourite going into the race.
John O’Shea trained Lions Roar would win at 25/1 with the fast finishing Mo-unga taking second. Aegon had every chance in the home straight but failed to let down.
Not so much an upset the final Group 1 we saw a case of mistaken identity as the hotly tipped Bivouac missed out to stablemate Savatiano.
Savitiano having finished second in the race last season cruised round Samadoubt in the home straight and held off the fast finishing Mizzy to win her elusive Group 1 title.