Norsqui Earns Caulfield Cup Start After 2012 Mornington Cup Win

February 15th, 2012

Norsqui has won the Listed Mornington Cup at Mornington Racecourse today February 15, 2012.

The five-year-old will take home $180,000 in prize money and a ballot exemption into the $2.5 million Caulfield Cup in October this year thanks to his 2012 Mornington Cup win.

The Matsqui gelding finished fifth in his last start in the Jockey Club Cup at Hobart, where he was vetting following the race.

Norsqui has now won seven of his 25 race starts and earned more than $340,000 in prize money.

Trainer Walter McShane was pleased with Norsqui’s 2012 Mornington Cup win.

“He’s a tough horse,” McShane said.

“I thought he was too far back but he showed more turn of foot today than usual.”

McShane indicated that they would not travel Norsqui home to Tasmania to contest the Group 3 Launceston Cup on February 29, 2012.

“We won’t try that one,” he said.

Local jockey Chris Symons was overjoyed with his 2012 Mornington Cup result.

“What a great cup to win,” he said.

“My intentions were to go forward, I ended up a lot further back than I anticipated.

“I thought when he got there that we’d got there way too early.

“(But) I got onto Sea Galleon’s back and finished off strong.”

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2012 Mornington Cup Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 6 NORSQUI Walter McShane Chris Symons 5 54kg $26
2 1 DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE) Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 2.5L 7 60kg $9.50
3 3 SEA GALLEON Colin & Cindy Alderson Ben Melham 3.25L 3 54kg $7
4 10 OUR SERENA Pat Carey Corey Brown 3.45L 10 54kg $19
5 2 WESTERN JEWEL Grant Williams Craig Williams 3.85L 12 54.5kg $4.60
6 5 APPREHEND Tony Vasil Steven King 7.1L 11 54kg $11
7 11 PRUSSIAN OFFICER Steve Richards Dean Holland 8.6L 9 54kg $51
8 4 UNCHAIN MY HEART David Hayes Dwayne Dunn 12.35L 4 54kg $16
9 7 POWER O’RAYLEE Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 12.45L 1 54kg $2.80F
10 8 ROYAL MAIL Dean Howard Danny Nikolic 12.65L 6 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $16
11 9 HEEZ BORN LUCKY (NZ) Leigh Childs Eddie Cassar 18.65L 2 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $31
12 13 RICHOMAN Jason Warren Peter Mertens 21.65L 13 54kg $61
13 12 FIREJET Dean Binaisse Ms Ruth Bradley 22.9L 8 54kg $151