Outback Joe fought off a gallant Black Tycoon to score a narrow win in the 2014 Adelaide Cup at Morphettville this afternoon.
Black Tycoon was aiming to become the first horse in the past fifty years to carry more than 58 kilograms to victory in the Adelaide Cup and looked as though he had the race won with 75 metres left to run, but Outback Joe was too strong in the final stages of the race and claimed his maiden win at Group level.
Trainer Nigel Blackiston set Outback Joe for the Adelaide Cup at the start of his summer campaign, which was highlighted by a win in the Listed Bagot Handicap (2800m) at Flemington on New Year’s Day, and the Melbourne trainer said that he was confident that the son of Elvstroem and Let’s Elope would outstay the competition.
“We set this horse for this race and good on (owner) Dennis Marks for keeping faith in this horse,” Blackiston said.
“I knew that he would outstay them and I was never worried about him getting the two miles; I couldn’t wait to get him to two miles.
“I ran him the other day and he needed the run, he hadn’t run for six weeks, and it just topped him off perfectly for today.
“I knew that this horse would just keep on finding the line.”
Chad Schofield was riding at Morphettville for the first time in his career and Blackiston was quick to pay credit to the ride of the youngster, who has thrived in the past two weeks since temporarily cutting ties with David Hayes.
“Chad Schofield is the best kid around,” Blackiston said.
“What he has done this weekend is amazing and I hope that he stays freelance.”
Schofield was full of confidence heading into the race and rode Outback Joe as if he was the best stayer in the race; allowing the six-year-old to track into the race wide coming around the final bend.
The two-time Group 1 winner scored a memorable victory on Lankan Rupee in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday, but said that he was delighted to score his maiden metropolitan Cup win at Morphettville this afternoon.
“It was a very brave win,” Schofield said.
“The race was hot throughout, but he only just travelled and was very relaxed with me.
“Big Memory and Cooldini were up on the pace and I was happy when that happened because they were going very quickly.
“I thought I was in the right position and around the turned I hooked him out and got him wound up.
“He was just outstanding to the line.
“Nigel and his team had him very fit and spot on; he is a very good trainer of stayers and he is starting to show it.”
Pre-race favourites Cooldini and Big Memory tired in the final stages of the race, while Base ran home strongly to finish third.
The Adelaide Cup may be over for another year, but there is still plenty of great racing left on the Australian racing calendar and you can find the best odds on Ladbrokes.com.au.
2014 Adelaide Cup Results
|1||5||OUTBACK JOE||Nigel Blackiston||Chad Schofield||–||7||54kg||$7|
|2||1||BLACK TYCOON||Justin Warwick||Damien Oliver||0.3L||12||59kg||$17|
|3||11||BASE (NZ)||Luke Oliver||Luke Currie||1.5L||6||53.5kg||$21|
|4||13||LIKE A CAROUSEL||Ken Keys||Craig Newitt||2.8L||8||53.5kg (cd 54kg)||$18|
|5||7||MACEDONIAN (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Jason Benbow||3L||10||53.5kg||$11|
|6||8||DISTILLATION||Nick Smart||Simon Price||10.9L||4||53.5kg||$21|
|7||9||VIMA||Bill Papazaharoudakis||Todd Pannell||11.7L||11||53.5kg||$61|
|8||2||RIALYA||Lloyd Kennewell||Joe Bowditch||13.1L||3||55.5kg||$17|
|9||14||FULL BORE||Sam Burford||Dom Tourneur||14.1L||1||53.5kg||$71|
|10||4||COOLDINI||Robert Smerdon||Glen Boss||15.1L||9||54.5kg||$4|
|11||3||BIG MEMORY (FR)||Tony McEvoy||Craig Williams||16.1L||5||54.5kg||$3F|
|12||16||POWER TO POSSESS||Bill Bogarts||Amy Herrmann||29.5L||13||53.5kg||$301|
|FF||10||MOTIVADO (GB)||David Hayes||Stephen Baster||DNF||2||53.5kg||$12|