SURPRISE BABY takes out Group 2 Adelaide Cup for trainer Paul Preusker

It was a long weekend in Adelaide and Paul Preusker certainly made the most of it when creating history taking out the Adelaide Cup with SURPRISE BABY! At just his sixth start, the gelding by Shocking who had never raced beyond 2000 metres was sensationally backed to win the 3200 metre feature.

The day also saw Michael Hickmott win back-to-back Adelaide Cup Day races with LIEDER who was steered by Chris Caserta to victory. 

Trainer Aaron Bazeley took out the GR LR Gold Bunbury Cup with BURGER TIME while Robert and Todd Harvey claimed a win with I AM SPARTACUS.

Mick Price Racing scattered the country with success on Saturday, starting off its partnership with Roll The Dice Racing in perfect fashion when grey sprinting filly ANJANA was brilliant winning up the Flemington straight in the Incognitus Stakes.

The win was the first of two stakes for Price, who trained HIYAAM to victory in the Randwick City Stakes,“ leading all the way to the third win of her career. Adelaide was the final stop when Zoustar gelding STAROUZ ridden by Zac Spain saluted.

QLD had no shortage of winners with Gollan Racing scoring with CAPITAL CONNECTION, GET STUCK IN, LUCADEAL and STRATURBO taking a win along with their partner Elite Thoroughbreds

Barry Lockwood Racing took an amazing win with TUMBLER while Gerald Ryan Racing claimed victory with TRAPEZE ARTIST and TIGER LOVE raced to success for Munce Racing.

Laming Racing scored winners with OKOCHI ARCHER and MISTRUST while Brian and Daniel Guy claimed first place with SUPER KIDS. A worthy win by SULTRY TESTA for Glen Baker Racing and a fast-paced win for Hulbert Racing with CORNROW.

Ken Keys got stable star SPANISH REEF back to winning ways for the first time in 12 months when saluting in the Group 3 Schweppervescense Trophy at Flemington in a thrilling finish with race favourite Naantali.

Not many Sundays in Tasmania go by without Scott Brunton training a winner and this week it was LADY PLUCK who won comfortably by 3 lengths to the joy of favourite backers.

Canberra also raced on Sunday, with Matthew Dale and Blake Shinn combining with TE ATA coming from last for a sweeping win. The $130,000 National Sprint went home with Snowden Racing, who also used the services of Blake Shinn aboard SNIPPETS LAND who at start 50 won his eighth career race in brilliant fashion.

Congratulations to all our overseas winning trainers; Dan Meagher and Lee Freedman in Singapore and Sean Tarry, Brett Crawford, Adam Marcus and Geoff Woodruff in South Africa.