Flashy Fella wins Ararat Cup

FLASH AND DASH: Damian Lane guides Flashy Fella past the post to win the 2013 NMIT Ararat Gold Cup. More than 2,000 patrons flocked to NMIT Ararat Park on Sunday to enjoy the Cup Day festivities. Pictures: PETER PICKERING Ararat Turf Club committee member Bruce McDougall with Moroney Stables foreman Greg Hoysted, jockey Damian Lane, NMIT chairman John Gibbins, Mia and NMIT CEO Andy Giddy.
Nanjing Night Net

ARARAT – Melbourne Cup winning trainer Michael Moroney claimed his second NMIT Ararat Gold Cup on Sunday with five-year-old gelding Flashy Fella.

Flashy Fella lived up to his name, with jockey Damian Lane guiding his mount down the outside in the closing stages of the $50,000 feature race to give Moroney his first Ararat Gold Cup win since 2001 with Imax.

Moroney Stables foreman Greg Hoysted said while the five-year-old’s form leading up to Sunday’s race wasn’t ideal, at his best Flashy Fella had proven to be a very talented mid-range stayer.

“We came here hoping that he would find his old form, because that was very good,” he said.

“He ran second in the West Australian derby and was very unlucky in that, he has won three or four races in town and has placed a few times too.

“We wanted to smother him up a little bit and Damien rode him perfectly.

“He got him into fourth, the horse switched off beautifully and it was only a matter of finding a run at the top of the straight which he was lucky enough to get.”

With multiple Group 1 winning jockey Darren Gauci on board, Bainmick was the crowd favourite in the betting ring prior to the race at around the $3 range, while there was also plenty of money for Isopach, trained by the father/son combo of Barry and Glen James, which was backed from $3.50 into $3 on the TAB market.

As the gates flew open Bredlign leapt in the air and missed the start by a length, with Flashy Fella from the inside barrier beginning nicely.

Michelle Payne took Quick Shakes to the lead as was expected, while Isopach and Bianmick settled second and third respectively at the first turn of the 2000-metre race.

Lane said he was happy with his early position in fourth with cover, as Val Mondo, Bredlign and Mister Cool followed behind.

“He had a good draw so it wasn’t hard coming out of barrier one. I just let him be comfortable and the genuine pace helped him switch off and he was strong through the line,” Lane said.

“I knew he had a bit of class on them, but he just probably hadn’t been racing at his best.”

Quick Shakes’ lead remained unchallenged for the majority of the race, before Gauci began to apply some pressure with Bianmick as the field rolled into the home straight.

Bianmick’s top weight looked to be too much however, with the seven-year-old unable to find any extra speed.

The gap opened up for Flashy Fella at the 200-metre mark and Lane made the most of the opportunity and accelerated his mount into contention.

The horse swooped past the front runners with 100 metres remaining to salute by a length ahead of Quick Shakes and Isopach, with Bredlign rounding out the top four.

“Coming into the straight, he was stuck in behind them for a little while, but when the gap came he sprinted well,” Lane said.

“Through Greg, Mike just instructed me to try and get some cover and see whether he could finish the race off Luckily it all went according to plan.”

Lane said the Dead 5 track at NMIT Ararat Park, along with a gear change (blinkers off/tounge tie on) and genuine speed all played a part in helping Flashy Fella notch up his third career win from 18 starts.

The son of Thorn Park and Volkschine NZ is owned by sports commentator Anthony Mithen and the Rosemont Stud syndicate.

Sunday’s other feature race, the $75,000 Programmed China Bowl was won by the Gavin Murphy-trained Evie Rose. See Friday’s Ararat Advertiser for story and a full wrap-up of the NMIT Ararat Gold Cup race day.

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