Sunday, 8 July 2012
Toowoomba apprentice Alannah Fancourt capped off a busy weekend with victory in the South Grafton Cup aboard topweight Carry Me Bluey for her master Norm Hilton.
Fancourt travelled from Toowoomba to the Queensland outback town of Charleville on Saturday where she rode a winner.
After a seven-hour road trip home, she was in the car again on Sunday morning for her Grafton assignment.
The 19-year-old's two kilogram claim brought Carry Me Bluey into the race with 58.5kg.
Carry Me Bluey ($5) was at the back of the field on the home turn but with clear running down the outside, he hauled in his rivals to beat Clever Hans ($31) by three-quarters of a length with another half length to favourite Nothing Like Luca.
"It's amazing. It worked out exactly how we planned it," Fancourt told Sky Racing.
"He travelled beautifully and had a clear run which is everything he needs."
Carry Me Bluey went into the race off a 1-1/2 length fourth to Firebolt in the Listed Tattersall's Mile (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 23.
The South Grafton Cup kicks off a big week in the Clarence River town with the Ramornie Handicap on Wednesday and the Grafton Cup on Thursday.
Young Sydney trainer Con Karakatsanis has been a big supporter of the carnival, winning seven races on his first visit five years ago, just a month after taking out his licence.
A treble on Sunday has him on target to better that feat this week.
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