Qewy storms home to win cup

Joel Peterson | Bendigo Weekly | 01-Nov-2017

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Qewy wins the 2017 Jayco Bendigo Cup. Photo: Joel Peterson
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The powerful Godoplhin stable has won its second Jayco Bendigo Cup in as many years.

Potential Melbourne Cup runner Qewy produced a brilliant turn of foot and took out the 2400-metre feature race ahead of Kiwia.

It was a battle of two horses that actively targeted the race, Godolphin hoping for another Melbourne Cup berth with Qewy while Darren Weir was hoping to deliver owner Gerry Ryan another home town cup winner with Kiwia.

But despite the best efforts of Weir's four-year-old, the Charlie Appleby-trained stayer hit the front with 300 metres to go and was simply too strong, with fellow group one winner Foundry third.

The early pace in the race was set by rank outsider Khartoum, but the seven-horse field always shaped as a race in four – Qewy, Kiwia, Foundry and French galloper Big Memory.

The win also provided jockey Kerrin McEvoy with a second consecutive cup triumph.

I'm pleased to see him get back onto best form and win here today," McEvoy said.

"He wanted to be closer but didn't step great, but got a nice trail and stepped it up four furlongs out and that got him into the race.

"I made Kiwia chase me and he was too strong."

McEvoy said it would be a "big call" for Qewy to contest the Melbourne Cup again after finishing fourth last year.

The stable's travelling foreman Chris Connett said the team was very happy with the run and would see how Qewy pulls up before making a decision on next week's Melbourne Cup.

There wasn’t much joy for local trainers early in the day, with Shane Fliedner’s Flying Spark the lone Bendigo-trained runner to salute.

The mare, who also won at Bendigo two starts back, was too strong in the fourth on the card winning by three quarters of a length.

Fellow local product Balancing Act, for Sutton Grange trainer Brent Stanley, was second, with Shining Star third.

The most impressive of the early victors was Vinland, which provided Andrew Mallyon a two-length win in race two. 

One of the more fancied runners on the day, it further franked the training form of Tony McEvoy, who has had several winners in recent weeks including the winner of the group one Manikato Stakes.

Flash Cash saluted in the day’s opening race in a photo from Boom Chicka Boom, Mark Zahra had a winner on board Serenade The Stars in race three and favourite Thronum bolted in to win race five.

Race six saw Damian Lane ride his second winner of the day on the Darren Weir-trained Written In Stone, which flashed home on the outside of Club Tropicana to grab the win by a neck.

Race seven gave Weir the second leg of a running-double, with the well-backed Tamasa flashing home on the inside to take the prizemoney over 1400 metres.

For a full wrap of cup day, see Friday's Bendigo Weekly.

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