An old firm reunited at the place of the their most famous scene when Blue Ribbon won the SKM Recylcing Hcp (1514m) at Moonee Valley tonight.
Luke Nolen and Colin Little picked up the major prize of the $30,000 event which pales to insignificance when talking about their past glory with El Segundo.
That galloper won the 2007 Cox Plate at the Valley after having run second in the race the year before.
While it is clear Blue Ribbon will never reach those heights, her win was welcomed all the same.
Nolen settled the grey third on the fence in a field of five behind Trail who set a slow pace under Ben Melham.
Nolen’s position looked perfect early but terrible on the home turn when boxed in and nowhere to go.
It was only at the 150m when Trail drifted off the fence that Nolen was able to take advantage.
At the end, the three-year-old easily held off Gig, who settled outside the leader and battled on, with Trail lasting for third.
“She is a relation to a horse I trained a long time ago who won an Adelaide Magic Millions called Milkshake,” Little said.
“Nice filly, she keeps stepping up all the time.
“Her attitude has improved a lot, there is probably not much left (in town) but I will take her home and access it.”
Nolen said Blue Ribbon did a good job under her weight.
“We needed an ounce of luck and gained it with 59kg on her back,” he said.
“I think there are better races than Moonee Valley Friday night for her.”
|1||1||BLUE RIBBON||Colin Little||Luke Nolen||1||59kg||$3|
|2||2||GIG||Peter Snowden||James Winks||1.5L||4||58.5kg||$2.10F|
|3||4||TRAIL||Anthony Freedman||Ben Melham||2.5L||3||56.5kg||$10|
|4||3||FRENCH TANG||Greg Eurell||Chris Symons||2.9L||5||57kg||$6|
|5||6||LEXICAL AMBIGUITY||Brad Witt||Craig Newitt||3.1L||2||55kg||$14|