Front running mare Pippie had too much speed for her rivals in setting up an all the way win in the Group 1 $500,000 Neds Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield today.
Winning jockey Linda Meech had no hesitation in letting the brilliant Pippie cross straight to the front from an outside gate and had trouble finding the fence.
In front on the fence had been the place to be all day and Meech had the right ammunition underneath to follow the winning pattern of the day.
With only 52kg on her Pippie ($12) led her rivals a merry dance and went on to record a half a length win in the 1100m dash.
Runner up Zoutori ($21) was doing her best work at the finish and finished just in front of third placegetter Crystal Dreamer ($41).
The James Cummings trained Bivouac was sent out as the $2.35 favourite, but after settling in the middle of the pack, never threatened in the straight to finish sixth, two and a half lengths from the winner.
Winning trainers John and Chris Meagher have stables in Victoria and Queensland and the father and son combination were very happy to be back in the Group 1 winner’s stall.
“She is just pure speed,” said Chris Meagher.
“And she is extra extra special.”
Chris Meagher said that it was great to train a Group 1 winner with his dad, but admits that he often calls on him for some extra advice.
“He has obviously been there and done that and anything that I can get off of him is obviously a bonus,” Chris Meagher said.
“We have a stable here and in Queensland and hopefully this will bring a lot better things to come.”