Thrilling finish to first Group 1 of season
REPORT: Australia, Saturday
Moonee Valley: Manikato Stakes Grade 1, 6f
SYDNEY raider Typhoon Zed captured the first Group 1 race of the Australian season with a thrilling win in the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
Trained by Tim Martin at Rosehill and riddenby Victorian-born, now Sydney-based Nash Rawiller, Typhoon Zed prevailed in a tight finish over Absolut Glam and record his second win at the highest level. He had earlier won the Galaxy at Randwick last autumn.
Typhoon Zed (7-1) began well in the $A350,000 (£160,000) event, and tracked the pacemaking Kaphero until the home turn, when Kaphero stole a three-length break.
However, Typhoon Zed refused to yield and finished the stronger, just holding off the late charge of Absolut Glam by a half-head. Kaphero was third, just a long neck away, with Shadoways and Here De Angels dead-heating for fourth.
Rawiller, who also won the Group 2 Stocks Stakes on major Cups hope Tuesday Joy, was delighted to end a Group 1 drought, having been rather in the shadow recently of his brother, Weekend Hussler's regular rider Brad.
"I hadn't ridden a Group 1 winner since Bentley Biscuit in Queensland in May of last year," said Rawiller. "I've had a few placings, though, and was pleased the photo went my way – he really stuck his head out that last bit," he said.
Rawiller picked up the Typhoon Zed mount only when Corey Brown elected to ride in Sydney. Typhoon Zed will remain in Melbourne, his next race the Group 2 Thai Airways International Sprint at Caulfield on October 18.
Also on Saturday
Moonee Valley: Stocks Stakes, Grade2, 1m
SYDNEY star Tuesday Joy (Gai Waterhouse/Nash Rawiller) bolstered her claims for the major races of the spring carnival when scoring by three-quarters of a length over last year's winner Devil Moon. Last season,the five-year-old was the star of the Sydney autumn carnival, when she won both the BMW and the Ranvet.
"She has come back as good as she went out," said Duncan Grimley, bloodstock manager for owner John Singleton.
Tuesday Joy, a daughter of Carnegie, is 12-1 for the Melbourne Cup with Michael Eskander's Betstar, who have her at 25-1 for the Cox Plate.
Moonee Valley: Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes, Grade 2, 1m
GUILLOTINE (David Hayes/Craig Williams) caused an upset when upstaging some highly fancied rivals. The son of Montjeu (30-1) stormed home in the final stages to beat Casual Pass by a long neck, with Tears I Cry a fast-finishing third, just a neck ahead of Maldivian.