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Flemington - AAMI Australian Cup Day - 12/03/01

Race 6 AAMI Australian Cup Group 1



Race 1 Flemington Racecourse Tabaret Handicap

Race 2 TBV Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes Group 3

Race 3 Flemington In Autumn Handicap

Race 4 Inglis Premier

Race 5 Mark Sensing 1400

Race 6 AAMI Australian Cup Group 1

Race 7 Schweppes 1100

Race 8 Drumstick Gold Plate Group 3

Race 9 Scalzo Food Industries Handicap

The crowd was entertained by Christine Anu before the big race singing her hit songs and the national anthem before the horses paraded. After fears of a less than classic field a few months ago, the Australian Cup field was quite strong with the kiwi stars Kaapstad Way, Giovana, Cent Home, Showella and Hill Of Grace over to fight it out with the 2000 VRC Derby winner Hit The Roof, the WA star Northerly, the 2000 Caulfield Cup winner Diatribe and some other promising gallopers. The race was there to be won at the 400m with many chances at the top of the straight as the field spread across the track. After travelling three wide for the most part, Northerly left them standing as he burst to the lead inside the last 200m to record an incredible win in the record time of 1:59.46, his last 200 in 11.87s. This lightly raced 4 year old gelding has yet to reach his best according to his proud trainer Fred Kersley, best known for his harness racing deeds but obviously a great horseman full stop. The three year old Hit The Roof ran a great race for second with the consistent Kaapstad Way third.

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