THE first lady of Australian horse racing broke through to take out the race that stops the nation at Flemington yesterday, and that trend continued with two prominent female trainers dominating the early runs at Towac Park.
Orange trainer Sylvia Szabo won the first, the Millamolong Polo Club Maiden Plate (1300m), with Ossi Redwood and then took out the second, the Mac Hire Maiden Plate (1000m), with All Emotion in front of a packed Melbourne Cup day crowd at Towac Park.
Following it up in the third, Alison Smith’s grey gelding Moville Master stole the show with a come-from-behind half-a-head win over 1000m in the John Davis Motors Class 2 Plate.
Smith was rapt Gai Waterhouse was able to win Australia’s richest race with Cup favourite Fiorente.
At Towac Park, Smith’s six-year-old grey Moville Master ($4) was made to work for his win.
Pushed back after Todd Rawiller’s Outback Dream ($5) showed early driving speed closely followed by Don Oakley’s Rock Station ($7), it wasn’t until late in the piece the grey gelding eventually found his feet to challenge.
Storming up on the outside in the final furlong, Moville Master edged Rock Station by a half a head in a photo finish.
Equal $3 favourite Misblueblud finished third a further three lengths back.
Smith said Moville Master has plenty of potential, but there were still a few little issues worth ironing out.
“He’s still doing a little bit wrong,” she said, with jockey Michael Hackett timing his run at the end of the 1000m brilliantly.
“Mick said he’s laying out in his races and he thought he most probably hit the wall about 50 (metres) out but to his credit he kept giving. He’s fairly tough. He’s got a little bit of ability, this horse, but he’s got a few little problems and he’s just got to mature a bit more.
“We’re happy, first start back from a spell and he’s won twice now. The boys are happy, that’s the main thing.”