Upbeat has taken out the Group 2 Caulfield Autumn Classic 2012 at Caulfield today on Blue Diamond Stakes Day.
Ridden by Blake Shinn, Upbeat crossed the finish line in the 1800m race 0.75 lengths ahead of a fast finishing Flashy Fella who was paying $101 to win at Luxbet. A photo was needed for third, with Ethiopia getting the nod ahead of Hoylonny.
Today’s win was the first stakes race win for the 3-year-old gelding by Strategic out of Silverbeat and takes Upbeat’s career record to 3 wins from 12 starts.
Trainer Anthony Cummings was extremely happy with the ride by jockey Black Shinn.
“I think a lot of what happened today was about Blake’s ride” Cummings said.
Cummings also noted that the addition of blinkers for Upbeat’s run was a contributing factor to his success.
Cummings is unsure where to send Upbeat next, though a start at Moonee Valley is on the cards.
2012 Caulfield Autumn Classic Results
|1||2||UPBEAT||Anthony Cummings||Blake Shinn||–||9||56.5kg||$13|
|2||10||FLASHY FELLA (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Ms Lisa Cropp||0.75L||8||56.5kg||$101|
|3||12||ETHIOPIA||Pat Carey||Rhys McLeod||1.5L||11||56.5kg||$26|
|4||3||HOYLONNY||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||1.6L||7||56.5kg||$6.50|
|5||1||SPECTER||Anthony Freedman||Steven Arnold||1.8L||4||56.5kg||$3.40F|
|6||5||NOW YOU KNOW (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Damien Oliver||4.8L||3||56.5kg||$6|
|7||9||FARON (NZ)||Robert Hickmott||Steven King||8.8L||6||56.5kg||$13|
|8||8||DANY THE FOX (NZ)||Michael Kent||Brad Rawiller||11.55L||2||56.5kg||$4.60|
|9||11||ZAMOUR (NZ)||Mick Price||Danny Nikolic||13.55L||10||56.5kg||$41|
|10||7||KING’S SHILLING||Jim Mason||Craig Newitt||13.95L||1||56.5kg||$41|
|11||6||PATIENCE||David Hayes||Dwayne Dunn||16.7L||5||56.5kg||$51|
|–||4||CANONIZED||Michael Kent||Craig Williams||–||0||–||–|