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Caulfield - Caulfield Cup Day - 20/10/01



Race 1 Foster's Light Ice Handicap

Race 2 Queen Elizabeth 2 Classic

Race 3 Levante Classic

Race 4 Tupperware Cup (Listed)

Race 5 AAMI Norman Robinson Stakes (Group 2)

Race 6 Snowhite Cleaning Coongy Handicap (Group 3)

Race 7 Mercedes Benz Sprint (Group 2)

Race 8 Carlton Draught Caulfield Cup (Group 1)

Race 9 TROA's Carlton Draught Tristarc Stakes (Group 3)

Race 10 Melbourne Racing Club Stakes (Group 3)

It wouldn't be the Caulfield Cup without a bit of drama and we were again witness to an intriguing and enthralling contest. We had the co-favourite Inaflury dashing to a big lead mid-race when Jim Cassidy could not hold her. As they turned for home it was anybody's race with the horses spread across the track. We had Sky Heights on the extreme outside going stride for stride with the kiwi mare Ethereal while young Rhys McLeod had saved many lengths hugging the rail on the outsider Celestial Show and it looked for a moment as they he had stolen a winning break. These three cleared away from the pack to fight out the finish with Ethereal digging deep to hold on by a nose from a fast finishing Sky Heights with Celestial Show just half a neck away in third place. It was a great triumph for trainer Sheila Laxon and a special moment following her remarkable recovery from a near fatal race fall in New Zealand a decade ago. The mare is now being aimed at the Melbourne Cup and has been given a 2 kilogram penalty by the chief handicapper of Racing Victoria Jim Bowler.

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