Day At The Track

Outrageous El wins Tasmanian Derby

08:24 AM 07 Apr 2014 NZST
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Outrageous El with trainer Adam Kelly and Tasmania's Racing Minister Jeremy Rockliffe after Derby win
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Adam Kelly - interview
VICTORIAN pacer Outrageous El extended the list of interstate horse to have won the Group 3 Tasmanian Derby in recent times when he led all the way to take out this year's edition of the classic event for three-year-olds.

With experienced reinsman Gavin Lang in the sulky, Outrageous El stepped straight to the front from the pole position (1) and he was never headed, going on to score comfortably from another interstate invader Lake Eyre with local hero Resurgent Spirit a close-up third.

Resurgent Spirit was attempting to break the al-time record for the most number of consecutive wins in Tasmania but after facing the breeze for the duration he was unable to deal with the pressure in what was one of the best fields to contest the race in many years.

Outrageous El delivered the goods and realised a dream for his owners and it also was an unexpected result for the gelding's trainer Adam Kelly who admitted connections had bought the horse in New Zealand for $30,000 without expectations of winning a Group race.

It was the gelding's fifth win in succession and he was the best horse on form in the race and Lang rated the horse superbly in front.

Lang, rated one of the nation's best reinsmen, has been a regular visitor to Tasmania over  the years and had driven in many Tasmanian Derbies but this was his first success.

Listen to what trainer Adam Kelly had to say about Outrageous El's Tasmanian Derby win.

By Peter Staples


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