|Tonight's last stride Qantas Carlyon Stakes winner Royal Code could be
aimed toward the Group One Australian Cup after upsetting Intelligent Star at Group Two
level at Moonee Valley under lights.
David Hall, who'd all but given up hope of winning the race at the point of the turn, said
first the exciting three-year-old colt would face his own age group in the Australian
The short priced favourite Intelligent Star, the Mick Price
trained sprinter who was gunning for the straight stakes wins, looked all over a winner
turning for home when he burst clear but was grabbed in the final stride by the lightly
Hall said the gelding had shown ability as soon as he was
first tested by his father, veteran Morphettville based trainer Joe Hall.
"He was brought for $35,000 in Adelaide and he stayed
there and Dad did all of the early work on him. We got a call early that the horse's
future would lay in Melbourne," Hall reflected.
"He was a Super VOBIS qualified horse and his debut in
Adelaide was very impressive," he added.
Winning jockey Steven Arnold like Hall had nearly given up
hope of winning the race at the point of the home turn.
"He hit a flat spot at the top of the straight. Ustinov
swept past him on the outside and everything got a little tight and he lost his
position," Arnold said after unsaddling.
"I expected him to run home nicely and finish a good
third. I didn't think he had a hope of winning after striking trouble at the top of the
home straight," Arnold said.
Arnold predicted a bright future for the winner declaring he
was "a Group One horse for sure."
Ustinov ran a sensational race. Run off his legs early his
finish was very strong and he is sure to strip fitter next time out.
Sir Chuckle, which showed plenty of early pace, dropped out
from the top of the straight as expected after a dramatic rise in class.
PIC - Quentin Lang