Norsqui franks Niwot’s form for 2011 Melbourne Cup

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Norsqui wins the Lavazza Long Black on Melbourne Cup Day

Those who have taken the big odd about Niwot in today’s Melbourne Cup received a form fillip when Norsqui won the Lavazza Long Black (2800m) at Flemington today.
Just hour out from the big race, Norsqui, who finished third to Niwot in the Andrew Ramsden at Flemington in May, returned to take a determined win thanks to a perfect ride by Chris Symons.
Symons replaced the suspended Craig Williams on Norsqui and it couldn’t have been ridden any better.
The Walter McShane trained galloper was settled seventh on the fence before the home turn when Symons, riding to the track pattern, moved to the middle of the course.
The race was set up by Perfect Pecs who ran along quickly in front while favourite backers had to watch Excluded drift back to the tail from its wide barrier.
In the straight it was clear these two were going to fight the finish.
Excluded looked a hope but the Tasmanian trained galloper proved too smart.
Once again the winners have come down the centre of the track, obviously the place to be.
Norsqui $20 defeated Excluded $3.50 by a head with Olympic Win $17 further 4-1/4l away third.
While easily beaten Olympic Win’s run was good after being trapped wide during the race.
Symons, who rides Melbourne Cup bolter Saptapadi $81, says he has other good rides today and is feeling confident – surely not.
Finish No. Horse Jockey Trainer Weight Margin
1st 13 NORSQUI(9) Craig Williams Walter McShane 54.0 2-54.64
2nd 12 EXCLUDED(17) Nicholas Hall Robert Hickmott 54.5 0.2L
3rd 7 OLYMPIC WIN(16) Mark Zahra Robert Smerdon 56.5 4.5L
4th 6 ADROITLY(8) Kerrin McEvoy Peter Snowden 57.0 4.7L
5th 15 OUR SERENA(2) Daniel Moor Pat Carey 53.0 5.0L
6th 14 PRUSSIAN OFFICER(13) Steven King Steve Richards 53.5 6.2L
7th 20 BALMORAL(1) Michael Walker Michael Moroney 53.5 6.6L
8th 3 ABOVE AVERAGE(6) Corey Brown Anthony Freedman 58.5 8.1L
9th 11 LOPOV(11) Dwayne Dunn Danny O’Brien 55.0 8.3L
10th 4 SWOOPER(15) Brad Rawiller Darryl Dodson 58.0 9.1L
11th 10 WESTERN SYMBOL(7) Tim Clark Gai Waterhouse 55.5 9.2L
12th 17 CRAFTY CRUISER(10) Lisa Cropp Bryce Stanaway 53.0 11.4L
13th 8 INNOCENT LADY(4) Craig Newitt Graeme & Mark Sanders 56.0 12.4L
14th 5 HUME(12) Stephen Baster David Brideoake & David Feek 57.5 14.9L
15th 16 PERFECT PECS(5) Dean Yendall Rick Hore-Lacy 53.0 20.4L
16th 19 LINTON STREET(14) James Winks Michael Moroney 53.5 26.4L
17th 22 COUNT LA ZA(3) Dean Holland David Hayes 53.0 46.4L
Src 1 BACK IN BLACK Danny Nikolic John Steffert
Src 2 I’M JAKE Ben Melham David Brideoake & David Feek
Src 9 MONTAHLIA Jim Cassidy Michael Kent
Src 18 NORTH LODGE Chris Symons Michael Voss
Src 21 DEBECCA Stephen Hutchinson

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