Luca Cumani: Ibicenco wins on final start for trainerPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Cumani ends carnival on a high as Ibicenco wins
Report: Australia, Saturday
Sandown: Sandown Cup (Listed) 2m, turf
IBICENCO (Luca Cumani/Glen Boss) will go to his new Australian home with a more impressive cv than the one he arrived in Melbourne with following his win in the Listed Sandown Cup.
Ibicenco came to Melbourne as the least performed of Luca Cumani's touring quartet, but ended up doing far better than expected.
"I always had high hopes for him," said part-owner Terry Henderson whose OTI Racing selected and syndicated the horse.
"But the other two probably looked like being more suited here. So I'd have to say Ibicenco's justified all the faith I had in him."
Henderson and his business partner, former Test cricketer Simon O'Donnell, also imported Gatewood and My Quest For Peace to run in the Melbourne Cup.
Gatewood won the Geelong Cup but failed to make the field at Flemington while My Quest For Peace finished tenth in the Cup.
Ibicenco, meanwhile, poked around in lesser races, finishing seventh in the Moonee Valley Cup and then running a luckless fourth in the Lexus Stakes at Flemington on Derby Day.
On the back of his last run he started favourite in the Sandown Cup and according to jockey Glen Boss, had the race sewn up after 800m.
"For the first half mile I was happy to just let him do his thing," Boss said.
"Then we just worked into the race nice and easy and when we were ready to challenge at the 400 (metres) he just got onto the bridle and did the job."
Ibicenco (A$3.50) outstayed Reuben Percival (A$9.50) to score by three-quarters of a length.
The American import Unusual Suspect (A$51) came from a long way back for third to record his best result in the 18 months he's been in Australia.
Ibicenco will remain in Melbourne to be trained by Peter Moody who will aim him at next autumn's Sydney Cup.
Also on Saturday
Sandown: Zipping Classic (Group 2) 1m2f
TANBY (Robert Hickmott/Nicholas Hall) gave Melbourne Cup-winning owner Lloyd Williams another big win in a race named after one of his favourite horses.
Tanby (A$7.50) proved to be the strongest stayer in the Group 2 Zipping Classic, claiming a three-quarter length win that gave the Williams family its fifth win in the race in the past six years and their sixth in the past ten.
"If there's a race other than the Melbourne Cup that we wanted to win it's this one," said part-owner Nick Williams. "Zipping was Dad's favourite horse, it's a special win."
Sandown: Sandown Guineas (Group 2) 1m
TATRA (Peter Snowden/Kerrin McEvoy) extended the recent dominance in this race for his trainer and jockey with a long neck win over the Bart Cummings-trained Lunar Rise.
"Lunar Rise was coming at me but my fellow just dug deep," McEvo, who won the race in 2008 and 2009, said. "He's no world-beater but he's a good old grinder and gives his best.