Happy Trails storms to Turnbull victory
Report: Australia, Saturday
Flemngton: Turnbull Stakes (Group 1) 1m2f, turf, 4yo+
HAPPY TRAILS (Paul Beshara/Dwayne Dunn) produced a storming finish to claim the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes in a performance his trainer Paul Beshara said will earn the horse the respect his record deserves.
The South Australian galloper, sent out a 25-1 chance, defeated a high-class field in the 2,000m feature at Flemington on Saturday, bursting through late to run down favourite Puissance De Lune ($3.90) by a short neck with Caulfield Cup-bound Fawkner ($13) a head away third.
Happy Trails claimed his second Group 1 after winning last year's Emirates Stakes and Beshara said the gelding would progress to the Cox Plate.
"He's a magnificent horse. Now he'll get the recognition he deserves," Beshara said.
"We've been all over Australia with him. He's by Good Journey and he's put us on a good journey. We love him."
Also on Saturday
Randwick: Epsom Hcap (Group 1) 1m, turf, 3yo+
Boban (Chris Waller/Glyn Schofield) produced a spectacular finish to deliver him his first Epsom Handicap.
The four-year-old overcame a bad check near the 600m to regain his composure and storm down the outside of the field, snatching victory from bonny mare Streama in the final bound.
Randwick: The Metropolitan (Group 1 hcap) 1m4f, turf, 3yo+
A frustrating day in different states for leviathan owner Lloyd Williams and jockey Hugh Bowman turned around when the pair combined to win the Group 1 Metropolitan with Seville (Rob Hickmott) at Randwick.
Williams's highly touted import Sea Moon was relegated to second in the Listed Bart Cummings at Flemington while Bowman's mount Streama was pipped by Boban in the Epsom Handicap on Saturday.
Seville ($10) made up for the disappointment with a Melbourne Cup qualifying effort in the Metropolitan (2400m), winning by a half length from Julienas ($6) with Sneak A Peek ($19) a neck third.
Randwick: Flight Stakes (Group 1) 1m, turf, 3yo fillies
Peter Snowden described Guelph's Group 1 Flight Stakes win as a track gallop after Sydney's best filly overcame a wide run to outclass her rivals.
In an arrogant display, Guelph (Kerrin McEvoy) sat three-wide, strode up to join the leaders on straightening and raced away to score by a length and three-quarters over Melbourne filly Sensibility with Bound For Earth another three-quarters of a length back in third.
"If you can jump, relax and you've got a great turn of foot it will take you a long way and she has got all three," Snowden said.
"To me, she had an exhibition gallop, that's all."