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Derby Day dominated the racing on Saturday, with some memorable highlights, with the Golden Eagle as a good support act. All that and more in this weeks edition of ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’.


History Created In Victoria Derby

Denis Pagan achieved it all as a coach in the AFL and less than 12 months into his horse training career, he is now a Group l trainer after taking out the Victoria Derby with Johnny Get Angry. It was an emotional win for all concerned with Pagan, but with that as well was Lachie King, an apprentice who follows in the foot steps of his old man Steven as a Derby winning rider.

Colette Wins Golden Eagle

James Cummings could have stepped Colette up in trip, but he kept the mare on the fresh side for the Golden Eagle and the end result was the big share of the $7.5 Million prizemoney as the mare got the win in atrocious conditions, just getting the verdict over a very gallant Icebath. The win was special for all concerned, notably jockey Koby Jennings, who does most of his riding in the Country/Provincial region.

Ashrun Secures Final Cup Spot

The last spot in the Melbourne Cup 24 was up for grabs in the Hotham and in the end, it went to the class runner of the field, Ashrun, who got to the outside and finished best to nab the win over Sound and secure his place on Tuesday. With that, Declan Bates has been booked to ride and he’ll jump from barrier 24.


How can you go past Denis Pagan, Lachie King and Johnny Get Angry. There were some big name riders wanting the ride in the Derby, but Pagan has always been a believer of showing loyalty and he kept King on, with the reward being the Derby triumph. Great story all round.


She didn’t win, but follow Fan Club. Debuted on Thursday at Cranbourne and had good specking at a price. Was bolting for a run, but didn’t get clear until it was too late, but loved the way she found the line. She’s a coming winner off this run.


It’s claims for ride of the year. Campbell Rawiller aboard Montenegro Man last night at the Valley. What an absolute peach this was. Hunted him out, riding to the track pattern, then somehow managed to get the box seat behind the leader, and really, from the 600m onwards it was race over, but the ride was a steer the old man would be jealous of in terms of quality.


Usually this time of year, Craig Williams shines, but at the moment, his last 50 rides has resulted in just five wins, with a double today. His steer aboard Buffalo River was just silly. Went way too keen in front and was a beaten horse at the top of the straight. Just a poor tactical ride, giving his horse next to no chance.


Embolism – Should have gone close to winning. Ugly watch
Star Of The Seas – Reckon he’s being aimed at the Gong/Hunter path and he’ll go well


Mystic Journey – Horrendous watch if you were on


Schabau/Admire Robson – The hype/boom is gone with this pair. Just okay stayers, nothing special
Farnan – Even Gai may struggle to get this guy to bounce back. Slipper curse continues
Deprive – Not up to the top races

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