Buckle Up Wes became the first Tasmanian to win the Group One Topgun with an all the way victory at The Meadows tonight. Jumping brilliantly from box five, the son of Collision and Everlong Bale was never behind another runner, drawing to the line three lengths clear of the Jeff Britton trained Oakvale Destiny.
Awesome Project filled the trifecta in a tidy time of 30.02, while the race favourite, Allen Deed, was never in contention after a moderate beginning, finishing fifth.
Buckle Up Wes, trained by leading Tassie mentor Ted Medhurst, has now won three from three over The Meadows 525 including this year’s Group One Australian Cup.
It was an amazing effort on Medhurst’s behalf to have Buckle Up Wes ready for the race, let alone win it, with the Topgun being his first race start since the middle of August. His last start saw him claim the Tasmanian Sprint Championship final at Launceston, but he was later ruled out of the National decider at Cannington after it was discovered that he had injured the ligament that runs down to the stopper bone.
Buckle Up Wes now boasts an outstanding record of 30 wins and 12 minor placings from 49 career outings. The Topgun’s $150,000 winner’s cheque takes his career earnings to over $550,000 and he could potentially add a further $420,000 to that if he is successful in his next assignment, the Group One Melbourne Cup, which kicks off with heats on November 13 at Sandown Park.
2014 Group 1 Topgun – Full Results
1st Buckle Up Wes (5) – Ted Medhurst
2nd Oakvale Destiny (3) – Jeff Britton
3rd Awesome Project (6) – Darren McDonald
4th Zipping Willow (8) – Jason Mackay
5th Allen Deed (7) – Andrea Dailly
6th Keybow (2) – Darren McDonald
7th Mepunga Hayley (4) – Jeff Britton
8th Chica Destacada (1) – Doreen Drynan
Margins: 3L x 3/4L
Scratchings: Flash Reality, My Bro Fabio (2nd Res)