A large crowd soaked up the warm weather and great atmosphere on the opening night of the 2009 Australian Cup carnival at The Meadows last night, where they witnessed the running of three of the most fiercely contested group races seen for some time.
Vintage Octane brought the crowd to its feet early with an amazing staying performance to win the Group 2 Macro Meats Zoom Top. The dynamic stayer sat wide in third place in the early stages but swept to the front down the back straight and held off the late charge from favourite Gunnadoo Magic to win his second group race in a few months after taking out the Sale Cup in December.
Bo Frazier used the outside alley to perfection taking out the second feature for the night, the Group 2 Macro Meats Rookie Rebel over 600 meters. The excited connections watched as Bo Frazier reeled in early leader Special Sign down the back straight and run away to win by 4 ¼ lengths in 34.34. Hot favourite Mantra Lad began only moderately from the inside alley and only battled away to run a disappointing fourth.
But the stand out performance of the night must go to the recent Adelaide Cup winner El Galo who almost broke the clock running astonishing times to take out the $50,000 to the winner Group 1 Macro Meats Temlee.
El Galo showed his customary speed from the boxes to lead clearly to the post the first time and roared down the back to record a sectional of 17.58 and then had to dig deep to hold off his kennelmate Fedex, who was gallant in defeat reducing the margin on the line to just a neck with Queen Lauryn flashing home to grab third.
The eight finalists in last night's Temlee have amassed a staggering $1.3 million in stakes, and have the chance of adding another $150,000 should they take out Saturday weeks Group 1 MTD Australian Cup final.
Last night's eight finalists will join a host of Australia's best sprinters that have been automatically seeded into this Saturday night's Group 1 MTD Australian Cup heats, with the winners of the 8 heats to contest the MTD Australian Cup on Saturday February 28 and as expected the quality is of the highest standard.
The stage is set for a brilliant night of racing at The Meadows this Saturday night in the build
up to the 51st running of Australia's biggest race the ‘Australian Cup'.
Temlee winner El Galo is a blue dog whelped November 2005 by Where's Pedro from Roxy Reason (Malawi's Prince x Playground) raced by Seona Hood and trained by Jason Thompson he has raced 57 times for 36 wins and 15 placings, adding the Temlee first prize of $50,000 his overall stake earnings went to $496,095.
Time for the Temlee was a flying 29.80 with sections of 5.00 and 17.58. After the placed runners the field finished in the following order: Regal Thyme ($31.30), Nitro Burst ($31.00), Scull Murphy ($16.70), Hanify's Impact ($8.20) and Stoner Bale ($4.80).
The Temlee became part of the Australian Cup Carnival in 2003 listed are the past winners.
Temlee Honour Roll
- 2003 Excite Ability
- 2004 Hotline Hero
- 2005 Paua To Burn
- 2006 Closing Argument
- 2007 Slater
- 2008 Whippy's Image
- 2009 El Galo