Lankan Rupee wins 1st Group 1 – 2014 Oakleigh Plate Results

February 22nd, 2014

In-form four-year-old Lankan Rupee has claimed his first Group 1 victory, taking out the 2014 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield from a strong field of 18 horses.

Lankan Rupee

Lankan Rupee wins his first Group 1 in the Oakleigh Plate 2014. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

After jumping well from barrier 8, Lankan Rupee ($4.20) and jockey Craig Newitt found themselves in a good position coming around the bend in the 1100m race. With 300m to go Lankan Rupee produced a great turn of foot to pull away and hold off Spirit Of Boom ($17) 1 1/4 lengths back in second and Knoydart ($5) in third.

“I just thought he got it absolutely perfect” trainer Mick Price said.

“You can get into a lot of trouble in those sorts of races, but good pace in front of him but he’s a good horse and deserves his Group 1.”

The decision to geld Lankan Rupee after last year’s Autumn Carnival has paid off having now won five races from his last six starts. The Redoute’s Choice four-year-old now has won 6 races from 13 career starts and adds another $240,000 in prize money.

Next on the agenda for Lankan Rupee will be the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington on 8th March 2014. With Craig Newitt set to ride Samaready in the race the ride on the in-form Lankan Rupee will surely be in demand.

Oakleigh Plate 2014 – Full Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 3 LANKAN RUPEE Mick Price Craig Newitt 7 56kg $4F
2 2 SPIRIT OF BOOM Tony Gollan Damien Oliver 1.25L 11 56.5kg $16
3 9 KNOYDART Peter Snowden James McDonald 1.75L 5 53kg (cd 53.5kg) $5
4 16 GREGERS David Hayes Craig Williams 1.95L 10 50kg (cd 51kg) $12
5 12 FLAMBERGE Peter G Moody Vlad Duric 2.95L 17 52kg $14
6 7 DYSTOPIA Chris Waller Glen Boss 3.7L 3 53.5kg $17
7 11 SHAMAL WIND Robert Smerdon Ryan Maloney 3.8L 2 52.5kg $11
8 13 KARACATIS Richard Jolly Damian Lane 4L 4 52kg $19
9 1 BEL SPRINTER Jason Warren Michael Rodd 4.1L 9 58kg $11
10 18 MINAJ (NZ) Anthony Freedman Dean Yendall 4.85L 6 50kg $21
11 15 KUROSHIO Peter Snowden Dean Holland 5.85L 14 51kg $31
12 4 GENERAL TRUCE Ricky Maund Andrew Mallyon 6.05L 15 55kg $41
13 10 VATICAN Byron Cozamanis Billy Egan 7.3L 13 53kg $51
14 17 ICONIC Tony McEvoy Chad Schofield 7.5L 18 50kg $26
15 6 RICHIE’S VIBE Tony Vasil Jack Hill 9.5L 8 54kg $41
16 14 MAGNUS REIGN Rick Hore-Lacy Patrick Moloney (a) 9.7L 16 52kg $201
17 8 HAPPY GALAXY Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Stephen Baster 13.7L 1 53kg $41
18 5 FIRST COMMAND Anthony Freedman Damian Browne 15.45L 12 54.5kg $61