Dujac Wins Port Lincoln Cup
Seven-year-old gelding Dujac ran the race of his life to win Thursday’s $40,000 Carlton Draught Port Lincoln Cup (1950m).
The race was run at a genuine tempo as expected with the son of Jeune allowed to find his feet at the rear of the field.
At the 500m mark when approaching the home turn, country non-claiming apprentice Libby Hopwood allowed Dujac to commence a run around the extreme outside of the incredibly bunched field.
Dujac enjoyed an uninterrupted passage out wide off the track, while many of his more fancied rivals struggled to gain clear running, and hit the lead full of running at the 150m mark.
Yaterberry finished strongly over the concluding stages out of the chasing pack but Dujac had opened up an unassailable lead.
The Dennis O’ Leary trained Dujac ($15) defeated Yaterberry ($4.20 fav) by three quarters of a length with reigning champion Over The Road ($4.80) finishing a gusty third beaten 3.4 lengths from the winner.
Starting from the outside alley, Over The Road was caught three and four deep out of the straight with Dom Tourneur pressing forward to make Over The Road sit outside the speed for the majority of the race.
For Hopwood it was another feature race win after notching her first stakes victory last month aboard I’m Discreet in the Listed Nitschke Stakes (1400m).
Only yesterday Hopwood was involved in a barrier incident when Bel Fame reared up in the stalls before the second event at Murray Bridge.
Hopwood was stood down for one ride but returned to fulfil the remainder of her engagements, fortuitously avoiding serious injury.
A winner of four from 38 starts but with seven second placings next to his name, Dujac has now won in excess of $50,000 in prizemoney.
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