|Locally sold youngster
Milkshake has given a group of owners their biggest thrill in racing when he scored a
comprehensive win in this afternoon's $400,000 Magic Millions 2YO Classic at Cheltenham
Twelve months after being sold for what
has turned out to be a steal of $20,000, the son of boom young Victorian sire Encosta de
Lago, scored a runaway two and three quarter length win.
Winning trainer Colin Little revealed after the race that
Milkshake may not be heading straight to the paddock.
"It all depends on how he pulls up, but we could look
toward the Sires' in Melbourne or even in Black Opal (Stakes in Canberra)," Little
For a group of elated owners it was a dream come true. From a
tiny investment many enjoyed the greatest day of their lives today.
"I just can't explain how great this feels. It's
abosolutely sensational," the Syndicate's manager Jason Petch said after the win.
"It's the biggest thrill I've ever had in my life. It
doesn't get any better than this," Petch added.
Starting at 4/1, the grey colt gave his rider Peter Mertens
some anxious moments both before the race and during the early stages of the event.
"He wanted to play up before the race and then he
corkscrewed coming out of the barriers," Mertens reflected.
For Mertens it was another feature race in Adelaide in what
must be becoming his home away from home.
The Victorian based hoop was the star of the saddle during
the Adelaide Cup Carnival, with feature wins in the SA Derby with Bag Pat and Adelaide Cup
with Apache King.