More than 7000 racegoers made their way to the Mornington Peninsula for Ladbrokes Mornington Cup Day which saw the John O’Shea-trained Tally take out the $300,000 headline event and gain a start in the $3.15 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) in the process.
Ridden by Andrew Mallyon who scored his first black type win for Godolphin, the dual Group 2 winner had a lovely run mid-field, pulled out at the top of the straight and motored home for a head victory over Venguer Masque and Settler’s Stone.
Sadly, UK visitor The Gold Trail, suffered a fractured left-fore fetlock following a fall after the finishing line which saw the Charlie Appleby-trained and Godolphin-owned six-year-old euthanized on-course. Jockey Craig Williams, who was conscious and moving at the time, was taken to Frankston hospital for precautionary measures.
Stand out performers on the day included gun apprentice rider Beau Mertens who showed why he is one of Victoria’s rising stars with a winning quartet while Lindsay Park’s David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig snared three straight winners (Sullivan Bay, Snitzelwood and Eshtriaak) early in the day.
Rated perfectly by Mertens, the $120,000 Listed Ladbrokes Hareeba Stakes (1200m) saw race-favourite Bassett prevail for Mick Price Racing.
With more than 250 contestants, Mornington’s Style Stakes Judges Alison Saville and Jess Dempsey picked out Natasha Bauer (Ladies), Stephen Perrimen (Lads) and Matt Jordan and friends (Squad) as the inaugural winners of the online photo competition, where each winner was rewarded with a $1000 EFT voucher.
See how you can claim a Free $500 Bet with Ladbrokes.com.au.