Warrnambool-trained galloper Dodging Bullets started favourite in the $100,000 bet365 Kyneton Cup last Wednesday, and grabbed the lead in the last few strides to edge out a gallant Moonovermanhattan for the major prize.
The Cup, over 2000m on a track rated good, highlighted Kyneton and Hanging Rock Racing Club's feature meeting of the 2017-18 season.
Favoured by ideal sunny conditions after early cloud cover, the Cup meeting attracted a large crowd as usual.
Sandwiched between the Melbourne Cup and Oaks Day at Flemington, Kyneton Cup Day attracted keen racegoers from overseas, interstate, country and metropolitan Victoria and the Macedon Ranges.
Watergardens Town Centre Fashions on the Field entrants provided a carnival of colour and elegant finery with prizes to a total value of over $9500 on offer. A New Zealand entrant took off the major prize - see the lowdown on pages 36 and 37.
Coming off a strong Moonee Valley win over 2040m, six-year-old Dodging Bullets was always favourite in the Cup and had to pull out all stops in the straight to overhaul the Darren Weir-trained Moonovermanhattan to win by a head, with Grand Dream a close third. Top weight Extra Zero, an 11-year-old with almost $1.75 million in stakes, ran on for fourth, with Kyneton-trained Penny To Sell fifth.
Daniel Moor rode the $2.80 favourite right out to overhaul Moonovermanhattan, who kicked clear on the home turn and fought on strongly.
Ironically, the first two placegetters are trained at Warrnambool and Dodging Bullets' trainer Symon Wilde must like the 500km round trip to Kyneton as he also won the 2013 Kyneton Cup with Constant Force.
The Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zehra training duo and Darren Weir shared training honours each landing a double. Weir produced debutant four-year-old Knight Commander for an impressive win over 1100m.
Odds-on favourite Private Lounge won the final event, the Woodside Park Handicap for fillies and mares, by five lengths to cap off an excellent day's racing.
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