The poor day for favourite punters continued at Flemington in the penultimate race, with tough gelding Speediness upsetting the heavily backed favourite Rebel Dane in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m).
Speediness took advantage of the hot pace set by the leaders in the early stage of the race to flash down the outside in the final 100 metres and deny Temple Of Boom and Albrecht drought breaking wins.
The Testa Rossa gelding raced well during the autumn, winning the Listed Pink Ribbon Cup (1400m) and Listed Scone Cup (1600m), and trainer Colin Scott was thrilled that the six-year-old has returned to the races in the same form and is already looking to ahead to a couple of Group 1 races during the 2013 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
“We didn’t give him too long out after Scone,” Scott said.
“The horse has actually improved significantly, even in his track work, from Scone to this preparation.
“He was ready to win first-up but there is definitely a lot of improvement left in him.”
“Having three weeks to his next run we weren’t too worried about him having a solid run first up and he will head to the Sir Rupert Clarke, then into the Toorak.”
The victory the first ever win at Group level for Scott’s Two Oceans Racing Team and he said after the race that he is hopeful the result will draw more clients to his small stable.
Rebel Dane was the clear favourite, after his impressive first-up romp in the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) a fortnight ago, but he did not appear to handle his first ever trip down the famous Flemington straight.
Temple Of Boom finished second and is still chasing his first win since his breakthrough victory in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) during the 2012 Autumn Racing Carnival, while Albrecht returned to form after performing poorly earlier this year.