Top 5 Biggest G1 Boilovers

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5. Gatting upsets the stars

Perth galloper Gatting was expected to make up the numbers in the 2019 Makybe Diva Stakes. He had finished last at his most recent run at Belmont and wasn’t in the same class as his rivals which included Mystic Journey, Hartnell and Humidor. Tasmanian visitor Mystic Journey was an even money favourite and had been a star of the autumn, winning the Australian Guineas and the $5 Million All-Star Mile.
Jockey Jamie Kah was riding Gatting for the first time. She rode the 6yo gelding perfectly, sitting just behind the leaders and finding the front in the straight. Mystic Journey couldn’t get past him in the run home. You could have heard a pin drop!

4. Tears I Cry has his day

On the quick back up after running fourth on Cup day, trainer Ciaron Maher hoped Tears I Cry could run well with a lightweight and hopefully fill a placing in the Emirates Stakes. The favourite Weekend Hussler had taken all before him and was the “spruik” horse and well backed.
On the quick back up after running fourth on Cup day, Nikita Beriman brought Tears I Cry with a well-timed run in the straight to pass Weekend Hussler and hold on to win by half a length at odds of $101. The look of disbelief on the face of owner Anne McGrath said it all. It would be Beriman’s only Group 1 win.
It was a rough result for punters with the trifecta paying over $60k.Weekend Hussler went on to win seven of his next eight including five Group 1s. Tears I Cry didn’t win another race for over two years. That’s racing!

3. Gytrash grabs his chance in the Lightning Stakes

Nature Strip had been dubbed the “Best Sprinter in the World” after a dominant spring and was $1.4 to win the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes in a glorified track gallop.
Gytrash was honest but the pundits doubted he was up to Group 1 Weight For Age class. Nature Strip put in a shocker. Gytrash made the most of his opportunity, finding the line strongly to win at $21.
Gytrash managed three Group 1 placings over the next two months. Nature Strip dominated his next two runs including an easy win in the Group 1 TJ Smith at Randwick. Keeping his enigmatic reputation intact.

2. Lasqueti Spirit & Brenton Avdulla take a bow.

Lasqueti Spirit came into the 2016 VRC Oaks after a last start 4th in a Kembla Grange maiden. She was fit and hoop Brenton Avdulla allowed her to roll forward. The filly opened up a big lead down the back. Half way down the home straight she was still well in front. Her rivals were too far back. Avdulla rode her out to a comfortable victory at $101. The famous bowing celebration at the winning post was the icing on the cake.
Lasqueti Spirit would never win another race. It didn’t matter.

1. Cup fairy tale comes true

Japanese stayer Fame Game was a well-supported favourite to win the 2015 Melbourne Cup, with a number of UK stayers also in the market. The Cup had become a truly international race.
In contrast Prince of Penzance had done all his racing in Victoria and was showing promise as an up and coming stayer. He was in good local form, but was given little chance of competing against the elite. He was dour rather than brilliant. His rider Michelle Payne gave the gelding a perfect ride and he found plenty in the straight. Max Dynamite finished strongly for second for flamboyant jockey Frankie Dettori.
Michelle Payne was the first female jockey to ride the Melbourne Cup winner. Frankie Dettori is still chasing an elusive victory.

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