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Super cool Saturday

Mark Kavanagh trained gelding Super Cool lived up to his name and took out the Australian Cup with a nail biting win Saturday.

Just as they did in the 2012 Victoria Derby, Super Cool and Fiveandahalfstar burst clear of the field in the final furlong in the 2000m race at Flemington.

This time however it was Super Cool who was victorious.

Starting favourite and 2012 Melbourne Cup winner, Green Moon, was shown to lack any real pace.

Unlike the 2012 Melbourne Cup, the Australian Cup was run at a fast tempo.

As he so often has, Glass Harmonium dictated the pace and led aggressively until Fiveandahalfstar made his move early in the straight.

Each horse, including Green Moon, was found wanting by the dynamic change of pace and Fiveandahalfstar seemed unbeatable.

Super Cool, however showed freakish acceleration to dominate the final stretch and win by a nose.

Kavanagh’s return to the race that his former star Shocking won in 2011 saw him add another Group One win to his record, and he will aim for greater glory in the spring.

As a three-year-old, Super Cool will now attempt to emulate the 1996 Australian Cup winner Saintly, who went on to win the Cox Plate.

Super Cool is tough, possesses great balance and a devastating turn of foot – all traits required to win at ‘the velodrome’ of Mooney Valley.

 

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