Day At The Track

Fake Left son steals Victoria Cup glory

01:09 AM 16 Dec 2007 NZDT
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SEW Eurodrive Victoria Cup Carnival

Robin Hood did his namesake proud at Moonee Valley last night (December 15), stealing a win in the last few strides over his rivals in the A $350,000 Group 1 SEW-Eurodrive Victoria Cup at Moonee Valley.

The son of Fake Left, also the sire of Grand Circuit champion Blacks A Fake, capitalised on some hard mid-race sectionals to swoop on leaders Smoken Up and Sting Lika Bee to grab the spoils for Ballarat trainer Peter Tonkin.

The $17 win price hinted at the public's perception of Robin Hood's chances, but the race opened itself up to the runners from the back when Be Good Johnny's pressure from the parked position forced leader Smoken Up to put in a 28.9 first quarter.

The pressure eased slightly in the second quarter with Smoken Up getting away with 30.8, but Sting Lika Bee edged his nose in front with 400 metres to go after a torrid 27.8 third quarter.

The stage was set for Robin Hood now, who was let down by Gavin Lang to get home by a metre-and-a-quarter.

Smoken Up kicked again to claim second, while Sting Lika Bee's massive run earned him third along with the $32,500 to push him over the A$1m barrier – the 37th pacer in Australian history to do so.

Tonkin's success in the event comes after a disappointing 2005 run and a third in last year's event, and to cap it off, the win puts Robin Hood automatically through to the semi-finals of next year's Interdominions.

Matt Smith

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