A city win for Classy Al at Mornington
Jun 09, 2014
Classy Al’s gritty performance enabled the promising galloper to become a city winner at Mornington.
Trainer Greg Eurell gave Classy Al a break after his midfield effort at Seymour on May 8 and the three-year-old showed the benefit of five weeks off in the Morningtondental.com.au Plate (1200m).
A field of seven faced the starter in the Melbourne Racing Club event and jockey Chris Symons made the most of Classy Al’s good beginning to have him handy to the speed on the tight circuit.
Symons let Classy Al stride forward to join the front-runner approaching the home turn before finding the lead in his own right with 250 metres to run.
Gangnam Style ranged up to challenge Classy Al at the 150 metres but Classy Al handled the heavy ground better in the closing stages to pull away from his rival late in the $35,000 contest.
Classy Al had a length to spare on the line as he notched his first win at his sixth outing.
The son of Al Samer earned a $28,000 winner’s cheque for his Mornington exertions, taking his stakes tally to more than $35,000.
Classy Al is yet another example of a Hancox Bloodstock purchase giving his owners the thrill of a city win.
Shelley Hancox paid just $8000 for Classy Al at the 2012 Inglis Autumn Yearling Sale and the gelding has returned almost five times that amount in half a dozen starts.
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