Upbeat wins 2012 Caulfield Autumn Classic

February 25th, 2012

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

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
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