A huge crowd of racing enthusiasts turned out in their droves to the Ballarat Turf Club’s first standalone cup meeting on Saturday to witness Stawell galloper Mujudale score a resounding victory in the 2014 Sportsbet.com.au Ballarat Cup.
Trained by Paul Jones and ridden by Kevin Forrester, Mujudale led all the way to score an emphatic 3.25L victory over At First Sight and Fat Al to win the $200,000 listed event.
Jones was always confident the son of Mujahid would acquit himself well in the cup following his impressive Ararat Cup win earlier in the month.
“We were really happy with him going into the race,” Jones said.
“The way he kicked clear at Ararat I thought was a good indicator.”
“We were fairly confident even during the run he’d be able to do the same.”
“He was strong to the line.”
It was a super ride by Kevin Forrester to capture his first home town cup.
“He’s just a very fit horse,” Forrester said after the race.
“He’s done a good job into the head wind.”
Forrester summed the race up perfectly and had his rivals under pressure before the turn.
“I just rated him and put them under pressure, and I’m riding a fit horse,” Forrester said.
For Ballarat born and bred Forrester, who is working rider for local Ballarat training duo Barry & Glen James, it was a sweet result.
“Yeah, sweet as,” Forrester said shortly after the race was over.
In a race that attracted the country’s best trainers & jockeys, it would be Paul Jones, a small trainer from Stawell, and Kevin Forrester, an experienced, local journeyman, who would combine to add another memorable chapter to the historical pages of the Ballarat Cup.
In other feature racing news on Ballarat Cup day, the $200,000 Magic Millions Clockwise Classic was taken out in stylish fashion by Gai Waterhouse trained 2yo filly Carriages.
Carriages, a daughter of Hinchinbrook, was rated to perfection by jockey Craig Williams, leading all the way to win by 2 lengths from runner-up and race favourite Prompt Return.
Moral Outrage finished third and Carriages ran a time of 0:59.40 for the 1000 metres.
Brendan McCarthy trained debutant Murt The Flirt claimed the $100,000 Magic Millions 3yo Classic over 1100 metres thanks to a brilliant ride by Chris Symons.
Murt The Flirt finished strongly to defeat Boundary and Guajeo in a time of 1:05.79 for the 1000 m
Making Mayhem, from the Mick Price yard at Caulfield, won the $100,000 Thomas Jewellers VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade over 1400 metres.
Making Mayhem brought up her second victory in four starts when she proved too good for Durendal and Profit Shares in a time of 1:25.66.
An estimated crowd of around 10,000 people attended the the Ballarat Turf Club’s inaugrual standalone Saturday cup meeting and it had a city race feel on the day.
With $1,000,000 in prizemoney, ideal weather, and fantastic racing, we can’t wait for next year!
Race 1 People @ Work Handicap 2300m
1- $7.00 DE LITTLE ENGINE (Danny O’Brien) Chad Schofield 59.5
2- $6.50 MURPHY’S DELIGHT (Chris Waller) Regan Bayliss (a3) 57.0
3- $4.20 DARK LOCHNAGAR (Kathryn Durden) Jarrod Fry 58.0
Margins: 4 3/4 len, 1 1/4 len
Race 2 Easy Waste Plate 1200m
1- $4.80 I LOVE IT (John Salanitri) Stephen Baster 55.0
2- $11.00 COUNTED (Colin & Cindy Alderson) Craig Williams 57.0
3- $2.40 DANESTROEM (Michael Kent) Ms Jackie Beriman (a2) 54.0
Margins: 1/2 len, 1/2 neck
Race 3 Eureka Concrete Handicap 1400m
1- $3.10 MAGNUS EFFECT (Stephen Theodore) Stephen Baster 54.0
2- $10.00 MANNOPOLY (Symon Wilde) Jordan Childs (a3) 57.0
3- $3.70 GRACIOUS PROSPECT (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig) Michael Walker 56.5
Margins: 2 len, 1/2 len
Race 4 Magic Millions 3YO Classic 1100m
1- $10.00 MURT THE FLIRT (Brendan McCarthy) Chris Symons 57.0
2- $8.00 BOUNDARY (Heath Conners) Ms Linda Meech 55.0
3- $21.00 GUAJEO (Mick Price) Craig Newitt 55.0
Margins: Len, 1 1/4 len
Race 5 Thomas Jewellers VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade 1400m
1- $16.00 MAKING MAYHEM (Mick Price) Chad Schofield 57.0
2dh- $17.00 DURENDAL(Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra) Damian Lane 57.0
2dh- $3.60 PROFIT SHARE (Darren Weir) Brad Rawiller 57.0
Margins: 3/4 len dead-heat
Race 6 Magic Millions Clockwise Classic 1000m
1- $7.00 CARRIAGES (Gai Waterhouse) Craig Williams 55.0
2- $1.75 PROMPT RETURN (Danny O’Brien) James Winks 57.0
3- $10.00 MORAL OUTRAGE (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig) Dwayne Dunn 57.0
Margins: 2 len, 2 len
Race 7 City Of Ballarat Tonks Plate 1200 m
1- $11.00 MIGHTY LIKE (Mick Price) Craig Newitt 54.0
2- $21.00 KING BUDDY (Darren Weir) Damian Lane 54.0
3- $2.60 TILDY LAD (Jeff Searle) Dean Yendall 54.0
Margins: Neck, neck
Race 8 Sportsbet.com.au Ballarat Cup 2200m
1- $13.00 MUJADALE (Paul A Jones) Kevin Forrester 55.0
2- $8.50 AT FIRST SIGHT (Darren Weir) Brad Rawiller 57.0
3- $26.00 FAT AL (Peter G Moody) Craig Williams 60.0
rest of field
4- $31.00 Hurdy Gurdy Man (Darren Weir) John Allen 58.5
5- $7.00 Tuscan Fire (Dan O’Sullivan) Kerrin McEvoy 60.0
6- $18.00 The Inventor (Bevan Laming) Darren Gauci 56.0
7- $81.00 Tanby (Mick Cerchi) Jamie Mott 59.0
8- $6.00 Electric Fusion (Robert Smerdon) Dwayne Dunn 55.0
9- $11.00 Vilanova (Chris Waller) James Winks 58.5
10- $51.00 You Think So (Michael Kent) Jake Bayliss (a) 54.0
11- $9.00 Happy As Hell (Terry & Karina O’Sullivan) Jack Hill 54.0
12- $19.00 Hvasstan (Peter Gelagotis) Craig Newitt 56.0
13- $13.00 Waltzing To Win (David Huxtable) Stephen Baster 54.0
13- $18.00 Motivado (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig) Chris Symons 54.5
FF $101.00 Rialya (Matt Laurie) Ms Michelle Payne 54.0
Margins: 3 1/4 len, short head
Race 9 Isuzu Handicap 1600m
1- $9.00 ZUMA ROC (Peter G Moody) Chad Schofield 58.0
2- $4.40 EXIMIUS (Mick Price) Regan Bayliss (a3) 57.0
3- $6.50 BACKSTEDT (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig) Michael Walker 59.0
Margins: 1 1/4 len, len
Race 10 Redbank Handicap 1600m
1- $3.10 TASHBEEH (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig) Kerrin McEvoy 56.0
2- $4.00 MISS MAGGIEBEEL (Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra) Ms Katelyn Mallyon (a1.5) 56.5
3- $8.50 SMASHING DOUBT (Leon & Troy Corstens) Regan Bayliss (a3) 57.5
Margins: 1/2 len, short 1/2 head
Kevin Forrester guides the Paul Jones trained Mujudale to victory in 2014 Ballarat Cup.
Chad Schofield guides Zuma Roc (Peter Moody) to victory over Eximius in Race 9.
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Photos courtesy of Peter Morganti – Morgz Racing @morgzracing