Maiden, Apprentice win Australia’s Cox Plate

by | 10.26.2013 | 3:35pm

For a horse with a career of near-misses, it can not be sweeter than to capture victory in as dramatic fashion as possible. That's exactly what happened when Shamus Award won Australia's prestigious Group 1 Sportingbet Cox Plate Saturday at Moonee Valley, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald.

The 3-year-old son of Snitzel and his 19-year-old apprentice jockey, Chad Schofield, held off a late charge from Happy Trails to best a field of 14 and win the 2040m race worth AU$3 million. The young rider described the stretch run as “the longest 11 seconds I've ever felt.”

Trainer Danny O'Brien acknowledged Shamus Award's record, telling a reporter, “we've had a couple of disappointments getting cut down late in races. He has made all the running.”

With this win, Shamus Award improves his record to 1-3-4 from 10 starts and has boosted his career earnings to AU$2,112,500.

Read more at The Sydney Morning Herald

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