The Goodwood 2015: Fringe player Flamberge joins the Group 1 club   Leave a comment

The Goodwood 2015: Fringe player Flamberge joins the Group 1 club

Peter Moody-trained Flamberge shakes off Lord Of The Sky (rails) to claim $500,000 Group

Peter Moody-trained Flamberge shakes off Lord Of The Sky (rails) to claim $500,000 Group 1 The Goodwood in Adelaide. Picture: Tom Huntley Source: News Corp Australia

VICTORIAN racing identity David Moodie completed a massive 24 hours when Flamberge upstaged his rivals in Saturday’s $500,000 Group 1 Goodwood at Morphettville.

Just a day after being installed the new chairman of Racing Victoria, the prolific owner/breeder was celebrating an unlikely Group 1 with the horse who had been a fringe player at the elite level.

It was trainer Peter Moody’s second Goodwood after winning the 2012 edition with champion mare Black Caviar and the leading horseman summed it up best.

“I said before the race that the last time I had a runner in this race I think there were eight in it and she was was a $1.04,’’ Moody said. “I wasn’t near as confident today.”

“A big congratulations to the Moodie family, they breed they’re own stock and they breed good tough racehorses. It’s well deserved.’’

Moody said he decided to take a different approach to Flamberge’s Goodwood tilt after running down the track in the Group 1 Galaxy in Sydney last time out.

“His fresh runs are always brilliant,’’ Moody said. “But I’d never run him first-up at 1200m and he ran out of his skin.’’

Most impressive was the fact Flamberge broke through for his maiden Group 1 success in style after jumping from an awkward barrier and defying rivals.

“He’s a brilliant gate horse and he landed a length in front of them,’’ Moody said.

Jockey Vlad Duric combines with Flamberge to salute in Adelaide. Picture: Tom Huntley

Jockey Vlad Duric combines with Flamberge to salute in Adelaide. Picture: Tom Huntley Source: News Corp Australia

“The plan was to always follow Lord Of The Sky, but it was heart in your mouth stuff when he was three deep. If you have a look at his runs, when he gets it’s soft he tends to get beat.’’

“But when he’s three deep and facing the breeze he really knuckles down.’’

Flamberge wasn’t without his supporters.

He was $31 into $21 on course while one punter placed $2500 on the

horse at $31 to win $77,500 on the Victorian TAB.

It was an all-Victorian trifecta with Flamberge defeating Lord Of The

Sky and Under The Louvre, while the eye-catching run came from heavily

backed WA raider Black Heart Bart, who came from the back of the field

to finish fourth.

Star South Australian Hucklebuck was never a factor finishing well

back, with less than four lengths covering the first 12 horses, while

last year’s hero Smokin’ Joe beat just three runners home.

The win saw Flamberge shorten from $71 to $26 with UBET for the $2 million

Stradbroke in Brisbane.

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Posted May 17, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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