Having been dubbed the best man after his long run of minor placings - albeit in a much higher class - FLR's quirky 4YO son of Savabeel Black Sail finally got one over his opposition on Sunday at Cranbourne!
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And boy wasn't it close!
A huge contingent of owners on course for Cranbourne Cup Day didn't know whether he'd won or been nosed out when Black Sail crossed the joy but fears he'd run another minor placing quickly turned to celebrations when the photo went up.
One of the stable stars of last Spring - Black Sail ran 2nd in three consecutive races on feature Spring days beginning at Flemington then Caulfield on Blue Sapphire Day then 2nd in a Listed 1800m 3YO race on Oaks Day. He rise through the ranks earned him a cracked at the Group 2 Sandown Guineas on the final day of the Spring Carnival where he finished 3rd behind Villemont and Peaceful State.
"He's given everyone a fantastic ride and with a slice more luck along the way he could have claimed a big one last Spring" said FLR's Catherine O'Dea
But that's racing - its a fine line between victory and defeat - and finally things went Black Sail's way on Sunday.
The Melbourne Premier Yearling purchase took his career earnings over $120k with the win and continue the hot run of form for new training partnership Ciaron Maher & David Eustace.
"I'm just thrilled for the owners as he's found a way to get beat a few times of late" said David. "Full credit to the team he's been flipped around between the beach and the farm and its a great result for everyone involved"
While David was on track and relieved for the owners post race... there was nobody cheering hard and celebrating longer than his strapper Carl Audino who absolutely loves Black Sail!
No surprises than it was Damian Lane who was again able to get the best out of an FLR galloper and continue his terrific success with the stable.
Black Sail will return to the big stage now and get his opportunity at Moonee Valley next Friday night before a return date with destiny on Oaks Day potentially awaits Black Sail and his army of owners.
Congratulations: Peter Jensen, Sarah Moody, Mark Bullen, James Buckley, Damian Devola, Marty McGauran Syndicate, Buck's Party Syndicate (Pas Sciulli, Jamie Brunton) Robin Gosden, S J V Syndicate (John Guscic, Pat Lennon, Jane Lennon), Sherwood Syndicate (Andrew Hood, Jess Hood, Dick Hood, Sally Hood), Stuart Cadzow, Libby Maiuto, Beverley Skeen, Alex Chalmers, Ichiban Racing Syndicate (Gary Gleeson, Steve McKenzie, Phill Fraser, Brendan Lynch, Michael Pratt, Lindsay Gaunt, Beau Gourdis), Paul Kelly, Stephen Birrell, Matt Taylor, Mark Witkowski, Trevor McIlveen, Five Point Five Nine Lives Syndicate (Mgr Paul Wakeling)