Fanatic is fantastic at Flemington

November 08, 2017

Fanatic storms home with Michael Walker on its back to give the Lindsay Park Racing team a win on Melbourne Cup day. Picture: AAP Image/George Salpigtidis

Euroa’s Lindsay Park Racing did not take out the race that stops a nation, but still had a successful Melbourne Cup day at the Flemington Racecourse yesterday.

With a chance to win in nine of the 10 races on the card, and having almost 20 runners, the training trio of David Hayes, son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig would have expected big things from the trip to Melbourne — and a few of their charges did not disappoint.

Fanatic burst from the chasing pack to claim race four, the 2800m Ronald McDonald House Charities event, with the daughter of Shocking beating home stablemate Sin To Win in fourth.

The Lindsay Park operation also cheered Luqyaa to second place over 1400m in the Lexus Hybrid Plate (race six), while Qafila (race one) and Madeenaty (race five) claimed fourth place in their respective races.

The Cup did not provide the stable with a top finish, but it did provide an opportunity to honour a fallen member of the Euroa community.

Boom Time’s jockey Cory Parish wore an arm band to pay respect to teenager Ryley Bjorksten, who died in a car accident in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The gesture was plain for the nation to see as Boom Time sat behind pacemaker Cismontane for the majority of the run, but the horse faded late to finish 15th, with Ventura Storm following in 21st spot.

Faatinah was just ousted for success in race nine, the MSS Security Sprint, finishing second behind Ocean Embers, while in the final event Fuhryk and Miss Gunpowder failed to place.

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