Day At The Track

Freespin reigns supreme in 2013 Thames Cup

11:41 PM 21 Jun 2013 NZST
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Freespin and Scott Phelan
Freespin and Scott Phelan

The highly consistent Freespin notched up the biggest win of his career to date when taking out the $15,000 2013 Sir Lincoln Thames Cup at Alexandra Park last night (Friday June 21).

Driven by Scott Phelan for brilliant strike rate trainers Steve Telfer & Chris Garlic, Freespin lobbed the one-one early before coming out in front of favourite Besotted to work around to the park position with a lap to go.

Phelan then opted to stay parked, leaving besotted three-wide, which in hindsight was the winning of the race.

The rangy Real Desire four-year-old then kicked strongly in the home straight, narrowly holding off the late bid of Three Jewels and a very game Besotted, who nearly pulled off a race double for his connections after the horse the race is now named after, Sir Lincoln, took it out last year.

It was Freespin's 6th career win at his 22nd start. He also has 12 minor placings on his résumé. As for his Papakura based trainers, well their season record isn't too bad either - 112 starts, 27 wins, 13 seconds, 17 thirds (UDR .3562). In other news at Alexandra Park, ever-green ten-year-old Moment Of Truth continued his great run of form by easily taking out the feature trot for trainer/driver Derek Balle. Bad Habbot and Jimbo Johnstone brought new meaning to the saying ‘turn up and win' when jogging around the track and collecting $4,800 in their one-horse Breeders' Crown heats, and Tony Herlihy got a race-to-race double with talented fillies Snooki and Nokomai, who both won impressively.

by Mitchell ROBERTSON

Freespin winning the Thames Cup

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