The impressive Linton, trained by Robert Hickmott, was victorious at the prestigious 2010 Alister Clark Stakes on Saturday.
Run as the sixth race of the day, the Group 2 event saw a fantastic array of three-year-old colts and geldings compete over the 1,600 metres, at the Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne.
Linton ($3.60), who went into the 2010 Alister Clark Stakes as the favourite, was one of five horses to turn into the home straight vying for first place. The win proves the gelding a strong runner for the 2010 season taking the win in just his third start over the middle distance.
The win proves the gelding a strong runner for the 2010 season.
Danny O’Brien’s Take The Rap ($8) came from behind to clinch the second spot, while Offhanded ($4.60) finished in third.
O’Briens other runners in the 2010 Alister Clark Stakes, At The Heads ($10) and Eraset ($10), finished in fourth and eighth respectively.
It was a disappointing run for the David Hayes-trained Extra Zero ($3.80). The colt went into the Group 2 race as close favourite behind Linton, however finished surprisingly, in fifth position. Hayes will put blinkers on Extra Zero for his next race.
With Linton proving himself as a Group runner in the 2010 Alister Clark Stakes, expectations for the horse are high; however it is not sure when he will next race.
The Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) dominated the day’s proceedings with a shock win by the Anthony Cummings-trained Turffontein. The five-year-old beat Wanted to take his second Group 1 win.
2010 Alister Cark Stakes Results
|Michael Rodd||Robert Hickmott|
Take The Rap (NZ)
|Craig Williams||Danny O’Brien|
|Mark Zahra||Peter Snowden|
At The Heads (NZ)
|Nicholas Hall||Danny O’Brien|
|Brad Rawiller||David Hayes|
|Damien Oliver||Mick Price|
|Glen Boss||Michael Moroney|
|James Winks||Danny O’Brien|
Full Metal Jacket
|Steven King||John Thompson|
|Chris Symons||John Thompson|