It was a thrilling 2012 Adelaide Cup result at Morphettville Racecourse this afternoon, local South Australian galloper Rialya beating home the favoured interstate raider Drunken Sailor by the bob of the head.
The Lloyd Kennewell-trained Kempinsky four-year-old Rialya went out as a $12 chance in the bookmaker.com.au markets for the $400,000 Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) but proved the value bet of the day.
Coming off a second to today’s Adelaide Cup fourth placegetter Enchanting Waters in the Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes (2600m) at the track just over a fortnight ago, today Rialya relished the step up in distance and proved a genuine stayer to watch out for.
Benefiting from their 54kg lightweight, local hoop Shayne Cahill having wasted hard over the past week to make the weight for the ride, Rialya was able to snare the Adelaide Cup trophy from Michael Moroney’s champion import Drunken Sailor right on the line.
“He got off the fence at the right time,” Cahill said.
“Just worked the run in the right time.
“It was a bit of a stop and start race.
“He’s finished off at the right time.
In a thrilling final 800-metres after Drunken Sailor ($5) hit the front ahead of early leader and eventual 16th placed Warringah, late moves from the likes of Rialya and Mornington Cup winner Norsqui made for a cracker finish to the Adelaide Cup 2012.
Following Rialya and Drunken Sailor over the line two lengths away third was Norsqui, while Enchanting Waters held on for fourth ahead of $5 equal favourite Hanks who never looked in the finish.
Rialya has now won seven of their 24 career starts for close to $448,000 in prize money.
It was an excellent Adelaide Cup result for young local trainer Kennewell being his first major result.
“Shane gave him a beautiful ride,” Kennewell said.
“Just a terrific ride.
“This horse is tough, he’s strong and we just can’t believe he’s actually done it
“I’m 28 and this is by first big race win.”
See below for the full 2012 Adelaide Cup result and finishing order.
The next major staying feature of the autumn, and a likely aim for many of the top Adelaide Cup horses, is the 2012 Sydney Cup running at Randwick on April 28.
Nominations for the $500,000 Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) will be taken on Tuesday March 13.
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2012 Adelaide Cup Results
|1||7||RIALYA||Lloyd Kennewell||Shayne Cahill||–||3||54kg||$12|
|2||1||DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE)||Michael Moroney||Damien Oliver||0.1L||20||59.5kg||$5EF|
|3||2||NORSQUI||Walter McShane||Chris Symons||2L||19||56kg||$6.50|
|4||9||ENCHANTING WATERS||Michael Sell||Craig Robertson||3.1L||8||53kg||$17|
|5||5||HANKS||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||4.8L||12||54.5kg||$5EF|
|6||15||BEAUTIFUL SOUL||Daniel Clarken||Ms Clare Lindop||5.2L||15||53kg||$61|
|7||4||FIELDMASTER (NZ)||Patrick Payne||Ms Michelle Payne||6.4L||2||54.5kg||$20|
|8||16||TAKE OUT||Ron Daniel||Dom Tourneur||7L||1||53kg||$71|
|9||13||HE’S HOT TO TROT||Mick Whittle||Adrian Patterson||7.9L||17||53kg||$51|
|10||14||MR RIGGS||Robbie Griffiths||Simon Price||12.9L||18||53kg||$81|
|11||6||WESTERN JEWEL||Grant Williams||Ms Kyra Yuill (a)||14.7L||4||54.5kg||$17|
|12||11||SEAN BAILE MOR||Todd Balfour||Jordan Frew (a)||15L||7||53kg||$151|
|13||3||CROCODILE CANYON (NZ)||Kevin Myers||Kerrin McEvoy||19.3L||11||54.5kg||$21|
|14||8||SADDLER’S STORY||Robert Smerdon||Glen Boss||23.7L||9||53.5kg||$9|
|15||17||XAAR BEST||Mark Stephenson||Daniel Moor||37.7L||16||53kg||$101|
|16||18||WARRINGAH (GB)||Daryl Archard||Dean Holland||43.4L||6||53kg||$201|
|17||20||DUMOSA||Barry Brook||Ronnie Stewart||43.7L||13||53kg||$301|
|18||12||TANAH LOT (NZ)||Colin Little||Dwayne Dunn||47.9L||5||53kg||$11|
|19||10||PERSIAN STAR||Robert Smerdon||Craig Williams||57.3L||14||53kg||$11|
|20||19||ALL OUT WAR (IRE)||Michael Moroney||Andrew Mallyon||99.9L||10||53kg||$31|