Emirates Stakes Day finished the Melborune Cup races on a high note.
On a day that alternated between heavy showers and sunshine, there was still some dramatic racing to be found on Emirates Stakes Day at Flemington.
|Race||Local Time (DST)||Value||Name||Winner||Second||Third|
|1||11:30||$150,000 (AUS)||The Hong Kong Jockey Club Maribyrnong Plate||Boomwaa||Lockroy||Silent Whisper|
|2||12:10||$100,000 (AUS)||SecondBite Plate||Post D'france||Xavi||Sysmo|
|3||12:50||$100,000 (AUS)||Antler Luggage Handicap||Bel Thor||Keep Cool||Supremacy|
|4||13:30||$150,000 (AUS)||Hilton Hotels & Resorts Stakes||Dothraki||Suavito||Consorting|
|5||14:15||$300,000 (AUS)||Momentum Energy Stakes||Girl Gone Rockin'||Queenstown||Keep de Rose|
|6||15:00||$1,000,000 (AUS)||VRC Sprint Classic||Buffering||Shamexpress||Moment of Change|
|7||15:45||$1,000,000 (AUS)||Emirates Stakes||Boban||Smokin' Joey||Speediness|
|8||16:30||$300,000 (AUS)||Queen Elizabeth Stakes||Precedence||Sertorius||Let's Make Adeal|
|9||17:15||$100,000 (AUS)||Emirates Airline Handicap||Longport||Henwood||By the Way|
Glyn Schofield rode Boban to a last-stride finish in the Emirates Stakes, cementing another famous victory for trainer Chris Waller.
Boban was a deserved favourite going into the race, having been unbeaten in his last four races. There are a lot of people excited about this horse, and his victories at the Epsom and the Caulfield proved why. This victory sets him further along the path toward something special.
Nevertheless, it was an absolutely thrilling race and Boban just clung on for victory with an excellent sprint to the finish, holding off Jason Benbow on Smokin' Joey.
In the other Group 1 event of the day, Buffering won his second major as he emerged victorious in the VRC Sprint Classic.
Trainer Robin Heathcote spoke to The Sydney Morning Herald, understandably elated with his horse's performance:
Little Buffering has done the job and as I said to the boys earlier, there’s no Black Caviar, no Hay List, no Sepoy, there’s a Buffering.
He just gives us 100% every time and I had a runner in Brisbane before the race and I never even spoke to Damien about instructions because I didn’t have to, he knew what he had to do and he went out and did it.
Elsewhere, there was excitement in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes as Precedence took victory by the narrowest of margins.
However, there was a protest from second place against first as Sertorious protested against Precedence for interference. The incident was alleged to have taken place along the final furlong, but Chief Steward Terry Bailey could not find enough evidence to overturn the decision.
As reported by The Sydney Morning Herald, Bailey stated that there was contact but "that is the result of both horses shifting ground. We're not satisfied there is enough there to warrant changing the places and the result of the race."
There was one punter who will have been particularly happy with that outcome, as it meant that their $120 stake brought them 13.88 percent of the BIG6, bringing them $67,000 in the process.
This was apparently the second protest survived by the lucky recipient, as reported by Superracing at News.com.au.