In a thrilling finish, Albert The Fat claimed a close victory in the $400,000 Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) causing an upset at Doomben on Saturday.
The field for the 2010 BTC Cup bunched early on and by the finish less than four lengths separated the 12 gallopers.
The Gerald Ryan-trained Melito ($5.50) nearly made the history books as the first filly to win the BTC Cup since 1991 when it became a weight-for-age event, but despite her impressive run she missed out by a mere nose as five-year-old roughie Albert The Fat ($210) was too strong and pushed hard on the inside to win.
Bart Cummings Latin News ($17) finished third a further long-neck away, while the $2.90 favourite Ortensia was one and a half lengths back from the winner in fifth.
The intense early pace set by Shellscrape and Mic Mac saw Albert The Fat, ridden by Damian Browne, sitting towards the rear of the field over the first 800m. Then the Magic Albert gelding made his move as the frontrunners began to tire, running up the inside to take the lead on the straight holding on for the win.
It was a big improvement for Albert The Fat, the first Group 1 winner for sire Magic Albert, who was running second up after a spell.
Albert The Fat has now won 10 of his 20 starts for over $544,500 in prizemoney and will next start in the $650,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) on May 29, where the step up in distance will prove whether he has what it takes to run in the prestigious $1 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) on June 12 at Eagle Farm.
Runner-up Melito and the Tony Noonan-trained Ortensia are also set to contest the Doomben 10,000, with four-year-old mare Ortensia still the early favourite at $4 through Ladbrokes.com.au.
To secure the most lucrative odds get in early and bet now with Ladbrokes.com.au, who also have Albert The Fat at the generous price of $18 for the Doomben 10,000.
The other two group races held at Doomben on Saturday were the $125,000 Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2020m) and the $100,000 Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap (2020m), to view the results for these, visit the news page on this site.
2010 Bundy Red Rum BTC Cup Results:
ALBERT THE FAT
|Eden Petrie||D Browne||$21||–|
|Gerald Ryan||B Shinn||$5.50||0.1|
|Bart Cummings||M J Cahill||$17||0.5|
|Paul Messara||S Scriven||$7.50||0.7|
|Tony Noonan||H Bowman||$2.90F||1.5|
KING MUFHASA (NZ)
|Stephen Mckee||Ms S C Spratt||$21||2.8|
SET FOR FAME
|Peter G Moody||L Nolen||$10||3.0|
|Chris Waller||S Katsidis||$8||3.2|
|Bart Cummings||C J Grylls||$41||3.6|
|Gillian Heinrich||L Cassidy||$15||3.9|
|Anthony Cummings||J Byrne||$17||4.1|
|Tim Martin||T Angland||$11||4.3|