Spud Regis gave the Dailly team their second Group 1 Maurice Blackburn Lawyers Australian Cup success after leading from go to whoa to score in a brilliant 29.63 in front of one of the biggest crowds seen at The Meadows.
The son of Bombastic Shiraz and Phiona used his favourable box one draw to perfection, holding off El Brooklyn in the run to the first corner before extending his lead down the back straight, stopping the clock at a super 17.60 to the second section.
Spud Regis extended his lead in the run to the line, eventually running out a four and a quarter winner over El Brooklyn in a sizzling 29.63. West Australian chaser Hot Irish ran on very well for third, while Linden Magpie ran fourth.
Spud Regis – named after AFL legend Danny Frawley – improved his record to 13 wins from 24 starts, pushing his prizemoney to over $397,000 thanks to the huge $250,000 winner’s cheque on the night.
The black chaser is owned by the Treloar Syndicate and recorded his second Group 1 victory after taking out the Adelaide Cup last year.
The night also saw the running of the Group 1 Macro Meats Superstayers, with Destini Fireball enjoying a last-gasp victory in 42.73, while the Cosmic Chief Vic Breeders was taken out by Dirty Rich for owner Allan Lie and trainer Sam Bonaccurso.