Tally back in form with 2017 Mornington Cup win

March 25th, 2017

The John O’Shea trained Tally was back in form with his first win for twelve months when he scored a narrow victory in the 2017 Listed $300,000 Ladbrokes Mornington Cup (2400m) at Mornington today.

Tally, above, gets the judge's decision to win the Ladbrokes Mornington Cup at Mornington, Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Tally, above, gets the judge’s decision to win the Ladbrokes Mornington Cup at Mornington, Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Tally was racing in outstanding form during the 2016 Autumn Carnival and earned a start in the Group 1 $2m BMW Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick following a win in the Group 2 $200,000 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) at Moonee Valley.

The Godolphin owned gelding was able to finished third to the New Zealand trained Tavago in the Austalian Derby and has only been placed on four occasions since from eight starts before today.

Tally was coming off a last start seventh to Humidor in the Group 1 $1.5m Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on March 11 and Godolphin’s Melbourne representative Andy Makiv said that the four year old was better suited in the drop in class today.

“He got a good run in behind them and he is obviously a very handy stayer close to Group 1 level,” Makiv said.

“It looked a nice race for him and he was ridden beautifully, plenty of speed in the race he and he finished off well to win.”

“He went through the Australian Cup series, weight for age series and if he came up a bit short in that he was going to come here and if he went better than that he would have gone to The BMW.”

“This race was ideal for him today and he got the job done so that is fantastic for him.”

Winning jockey Andrew Mallyon settled Tally ($8) well back in the field and brought him with a well-timed run to overhaul the pacemaker Vengeur Masque ($21) to gain the judge’s decision by a nose with Settler’s Stone ($41) finishing off the race nicely to gain third spot.

The conditions of the Ladbrokes Mornington Cup allows the winner to be exempt from the ballot for the 2017 Group 1 $3m BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield during the 2017 Melbourne Spring Carnival but Makiv said that the stable would have to wait and see if they are going to take up that option.

In a down side to the Ladbrokes Mornington Cup the $2.10 favourite The Gold Trail, who finished fourth, unfortunately broke down after the post and had to be euthanized and his jockey Craig Williams had to be transported to hospital after regaining unconsciousness following a heavy tumble.

2017 Ladbrokes Mornington Cup Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 2 TALLY John O’Shea Andrew Mallyon 8 59kg $8
2 10 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 0.1L 1 54kg $21
3 15e SETTLER’S STONE Troy Blacker Craig Newitt 1.35L 7 54kg $41
4 3 THE GOLD TRAIL (IRE) Charlie Appleby Craig Williams 1.45L 6 58.5kg $2.10F
5 6 BOOM TIME David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 1.75L 3 57.5kg $9
6 11 SELF SENSE David Brideoake Chris Symons 2.75L 11 54kg $26
7 1 ALMOONQITH (USA) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Dee 4.25L 12 60kg $31
8 12 CADILLAC MOUNTAIN Darren Weir Dean Yendall 4.75L 9 54kg $19
9 16e UNFURL (NZ) Darren Weir Ben Allen (a) 6L 13 54kg $81
10 14 YOUL DASH FOR CASH Peter Gelagotis Jye McNeil 6.75L 5 54kg $81
11 8 DARK EYES Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 9L 2 55.5kg $12
12 7 BIG MEMORY (FR) Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 10L 10 57kg $11
13 5 ANNUS MIRABILIS (IRE) Stuart Webb Jamie Mott 11.25L 4 57.5kg $15