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Foundry wins The Metropolitan 2017; Michael Dee wins first Group 1 race

IT was a day of breakthrough wins at Group 1 degree at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Michael Dee, the 21-year-old Melbourne rider, gained his first main on the Lloyd Williams-owned Foundry within the $750,000 The Metropolitan (2400m).

Dee’s triumph got here after coach Pat Webster ready his first Group 1 winner with Happy Clapper within the Epsom Handicap and James Cummings skilled his first big-race winner for Godolphin with Alizee within the Flight Stakes.

“I’m speechless, I’ve never even ridden a winner at this track,’’ Dee said. “To win a Group 1, I just couldn’t be happier.”

Team Williams are the dominant staying drive in Australian racing and the proprietor is constructing a strong squad to focus on a sixth Melbourne Cup this spring together with defending champ Almandin and now Foundry.

Williams has additionally gained Melbourne Cups with Just A Dash (1982), What A Nuisance (1985), Efficient (2007) and Green Moon (2012).

Foundry ($10) held off Big Duke ($5) to win The Metropolitan by a half size with Chocante ($21) one-and-a-quarter lengths away third.

But Foundry has solely 50kg within the Melbourne Cup and would wish to get a penalty to have any probability of getting a chance to grow to be the first stayer since Macdougal (1959) to win the Metropolitan-Melbourne Cup.

For Dee, it was all in regards to the second as he gave Williams his second The Metropolitan win after Seville in 2013.

“The hose is a beauty, he’s just lovely to ride, they brought him here in tiptop shape and he ran accordingly,” Dee mentioned. “He jumped very well and obtained there fairly simply, I didn’t have to make use of up a lot fuel early. I obtained pushed out three-wide on the bend, however fortunately I used to be capable of come again and land within the one-one.

“From then on he travelled fantastically all through, the workforce mentioned as soon as he obtained to the 800m to make it a real staying check so I let him stride and to the horse’s credit score, he toughed it proper out.”

Brenton Avdulla, rider of Big Duke, mentioned his stayer has run a terrific race.

“I believed he was the winner midway up the straight however in all probability from the 2000m to the 2400m on the again up he simply felt the pinch the final 50m,’’ Avdulla mentioned.




Performer ($four.40-$5.50-$four.60) overcame a gradual begin to win the Arrowfield Breeders’ Plate (1000 metres). Ridden a deal with by Hugh Bowman, Performer swept to the lead contained in the 100 metre mark to beat the well-tried Bondi ($6.50-$four.80) with Santos ($19) grabbing third. Punters primarily centered on Bondi and Hiemal ($Three.70 favorite) with the latter being accountable for almost 30 per cent of the whole funding. Performer was one of the best supported runner outdoors the highest two available in the market.

BETS: Performer $1,000 @ $5 MULTIPLE TIMES, Hiemal $Three,000 @ $Three.70, $2,000 @ $Three.70


Satin Slipper was one of many primary firmers within the Keeneland Gimcrack Stakes (1000 metres). Opening the day at $7.50, good constant cash all through the day compelled the daughter of Pierro’s worth into $6. Given a pleasant smother midfield by Hugh Bowman, Satin Slipper was eased into the clear quickly after straightening and gunned down Setsuna ($23) proper on the road. Fiesta ($15-$14) grabbed third in entrance of Now Or Never ($9.50-$19) who had good backing at $26 when ‘All-In’ betting was lively. Bold Arial ($6) carried the vast majority of punters cash and was the one horse to carry extra money than Satin Slipper. Of the others, Greyt Love ($Eight-$6.50) was one of many higher movers within the race.

BETS: Satin Slipper $1,900 e/w @ $6/$2.30, Greyt Love $2,000 @ $6.50 TWICE, Bold Arial $2,500 @ $6, $2,000 @ $6


Ataraxia hovered across the $5.50-$6 mark for many of the betting earlier than leaping as a $7 probability. Ridden out exhausting by jockey Michael Walker, Ataraxia held out Dissolution ($6) whereas the closely tried Sambro ($four) was simply behind in third. The latter, which bottomed out at $Three.10 in betting, was twice as common as the rest within the race and held 40 per cent of the whole funding. Of the others, Langley ($four.80-$four.60) and Pride Of Darci ($12-$9.50) had their justifiable share of admirers.

BETS: Ataraxia $2,000 @ $7.50, Sambro $2,000 @ $four, Langley $2,000 @ $four.80 TWICE


Classic Uniform ($Eight.50-$7.50) led all through for Michael Walker to offer him a operating double. The son of Al Maher fought on doggedly when challenged by Embley ($11-$9.50), which trailed it all through, whereas Mackintosh ($2.80-$Three-$2.90) held third after sitting outdoors the chief. Mackintosh, ridden by Joao Moreira, was simply one of the best tried runner within the Hill Stakes with 38 per cent of all bets with him. Spectroscope ($7-$6) was second greatest backed runner however held half the cash that Mackintosh did. Perfect Rhyme had good backing earlier within the morning and was $7.50 to $four.80 earlier than getting again out to $6 on the soar.

BETS: Classic Uniform $5,000 @ $7.50, Mackintosh $Three,000 @ $Three, $Three,000 @ $2.90


Alizee ($2.90) went out as one of the best backed runner within the Flight Stakes and landed a number of massive bets within the course of. Coming with a well-timed run for Glyn Schofield after racing close to the rear all through, Alizee and second favorite Champagne Cuddles ($5-$Three.70) paired off over the concluding levels however the James Cummings-trained runner was too robust. Cellargirl, one other which raced within the second half of the sphere, was a famous drifter from $6.50 out to $11 however held third in entrance of One More Honey ($10). Pandemonium was one of the best supported of the unplaced brigade and was $7 into $5 at one stage earlier than leaping at $6.50. Alizee held round 33 per cent of all bets on the race.

BETS: Alizee $5,000 @ $Three, Champagne Cuddles $Three,000 @ $four.20


Punters had specked In Her Time all through the week and the cash proved spot on. Opening at $6.50 when last discipline betting commenced, she was into $5.50 shortly after and firmed up but once more at this time to start out a $four.80 second elect. Sitting behind the chief, jockey Corey Brown discovered clear operating on the prime of the straight and the daughter of Time Thief did the remainder to carry off the fast-finishing English ($5-$5.50). Cleary Innocent ($Eight-$Eight.50) grabbed the minor finish of the prize. Champion sprinter Chautauqua ($2.70) was among the best tried runners within the nation at this time, holding a whopping 79 per cent of all bets on the Santos Premiere Stakes (1200 metres). The seven-year-old was again final and made up a stack of floor however by no means seemed possible right here. He was greater than 10 instances as common because the winner.

BETS: In Her Time $Three,000 @ $four.80, Chautauqua $10,000 @ $2.90


Happy Clapper delivered an enormous blow to TAB after it was crunched into $2.40 at the beginning of the TAB Epsom Handicap (1600 metres). The Pat Webster-trained runner was as a lot as $Three.10 earlier within the week however at this time was $2.60 into $2.40 off some severe cash which noticed him holding almost 60 per cent of the whole funding within the Group One. Sitting behind the chief Red Excitement, jockey Blake Shinn was capable of ease into clear house turning for dwelling with Happy Clapper placing paid to the sphere to register his first main. Tom Melbourne ($5.50-$Eight) ran on after being blocked for a transparent run to fly dwelling and end second whereas the favored Snitzson ($26), who was as a lot as $51 earlier within the week, wound up third. Of the unplaced runners there was a late transfer for Comin Through ($7-$5). The Chris Waller trio of Foxplay ($Eight), Tom Melbourne and Comin Through mixed held lower than half of what Happy Clapper did.

BETS: Happy Clapper $20,000 @ $2.40, $10,000 @ $2.40, $5,000 @ $2.40


Foundry ($6.50-$10) prompted a minor upset to win The Metropolitan (2400 metres). The Robert Hickmott-trained runner swept across the discipline turning for dwelling and proved too robust for Big Duke ($6-$5) which challenged exhausting up the straight. A member of the Darren Weir secure, Big Duke was one of the best tried runner late in betting. Chocante, which was compelled to sit down outdoors the chief Broadside for many of the journey, held on for third regardless of blowing badly in betting from $12 out to $23. It wasn’t a race for the favorite backers with Life Less Ordinary ($5-$Three.70-$four.40), Antonio Giuseppe ($6.50) and Libran ($5-$Eight.50) had been one of the best tried runners however couldn’t fill a inserting between them.

BETS: Foundry $1,300 x $200 e/w @ $Eight/$2.50, Life Less Ordinary $2,000 @ $four.40, $2,000 @ $four.20 MULTIPLE TIMES, Big Duke $5,000 @ $5


Isorich ($17-$21) was too robust for his opposition once more in making it back-to-back wins. His victory upset the apple cart as I Thought So ($four.20-$5) and Tango Rain ($Three.70-$four.40) had been the 2 greatest tried runners within the race however needed to accept second and third respectively. Others to have had their justifiable share of admirers embrace Spright ($6), Dagny ($7) and Improvement ($9).

BETS: Isorich $500 e/w @ $16/$four, $500 e/w @ $15/$Three.80, Dagny $2,000 @ $7.50, I Thought So $2,000 @ $Three.70 MULTIPLE TIMES


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