Run Teddy Run stuns to claim Maiden as roughies enjoy their day out at the races.
Maiden races are obviously the most likely to throw up surprises, but Run Teddy Run’s feat in race two’s 1400m maiden at the Geraldton Turf Club was still a shock as the $41 roughie claimed his first win.
His form of two-second places in his last two meetings didn’t draw much support as he was given a wide draw with Gordon Spowart’s Juruena Gold drawing all the attention at $1.85 to be the only horse with odds in single figures.
But Jackie Scott’s Run Teddy Run had the speed to overcome his wide draw and settled into second behind Destructor before overtaking him in the home straight to win by more than one and a half lengths over Random Rewards.
Juruena Gold, who was trapped out wide, came home strongly but could only manage third.
Run Teddy Run wasn’t the only upset of the day as Grame Hammarquist’s Black Money, who was sitting at $20 in the betting, came home in a barnstorming finishing ahead of Blue Cheyenne and Edmond.
However, the biggest upset of the day was still to come when Kylie Craig’s Unbreakable won race five, the 1600m handicap, after starting at a whopping $71.
In a field containing Chix Chatter and Adam Durrant’s Speed Bubble, both with multiple wins in their last 10 starts, no one was backing the 10-year-old veteran, the oldest horse in the field.
But a bunched pack allowed Unbreakable to hang in there before he broke free down the main straight.
It looked for all money that Alterno was going to run Unbreakable down but an expert ride from Troy Turner saw him hold on to win by a quarter of a length.
The outsiders kept paying out right up until the final race of the day when in the 1200m race seven Significant Hero who was paying $17 timed his run perfectly to gap the field and win by more than a length over Superlove with Durrant’s favourite Jeanella settling for fifth.
Elsewhere Ouqburra broke through in the 1100m race one mjaiden, holding off Julia Martin’s Bold Prophet.
In race four, favourite Durrant’s Ihts Closing Inn got the better of Secret Lair in the final few bounds to take the win off Secret Lair by a narrow margin.
Mocha Dream, also trained by Durrant, was the only other favourite to win on the day. In a comfortable victory, he broke away late to finish ahead of Martin’s Justa Lil Faith.
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