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Mackinnon Stakes goes to Side Glance

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English jockey Jamie Spencer stole the show at Flemington with a well-judged front running ride to claim the Group 1 $1m Longines Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) on northern hemisphere seven year old Side Glance.

Side Glance takes out the G1 Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington.

Side Glance takes out the G1 Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington. Photo by Steve Hart.

Spencer let Side Glance ($12) slide to the front at the 1400m when the pace slackened and was holding the weight for age field on the line to score by three quarters of a lengths from Dear Demi ($11) and Moriarty ($17).

English trainer Andrew Badling went against tradition by backing up Side Glance in the week after running a fair race when sixth to Shamus Award in the Group 1 $3m Sportingbet Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley.

“He hadn’t run for a while. The concerned was running soon after, we don’t do that in Europe,” Balding said.

“It was a great thrill. A big thank you for the team, I haven’t seen the horse for a month.”

Balding also gave Spencer a big wrap after he took control of the race in the middle stages.

“Jimmy has always got on well with the horse. He gave him a beautiful ride and there was no gallop mid-way through the race and he took the bull by the horns and done everything right. I’m thrilled for him,” Balding said.

Runner-up Dear Demi ran a great Melbourne Cup trial poking up along the fence and will be spot on heading into the Group 1 $6m Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on Tuesday.

The Clarry Connors trained Dear Demi has firmed dramatically from $34 to $14 with top jockey Chris Munce to the ride the mare again on Tuesday.

The David Hayes trained Jet Away ($3 favourite) was the disappointing runner of the Mackinnon Stakes and after travelling in fourth and fifth spot throughout the race struggled in the straight to wind up in sixth spot.

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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