Hucklebuck wins the $1m Emirates Stakes at Flemington

By AAP
The Australian

South Australian galloper Hucklebuck has made it two Melbourne Cupcarnival wins, claiming the Emirates Stakes at Flemington.

Backing up after winning on Victoria Derby day, Hucklebuck ($10) just lasted to win this afternoon’s $1 million race.

The four-year-old went into the final Group 1 race of the four-day carnival considered a risk to cope with the distance but jockey Dom Tourneur was able to give his mount a perfect run. Hucklebuck ran to the front at the 200m, claiming The Cleaner ($16) before holding out the fast-finishing Lucky Hussler ($7).

The Cleaner, who took up his customary role in front, held down the minor placing.

“There were a lot of doubters about the trip but I reckon he’s got a lot of friends now,” Tourneur said.

Hucklebuck
is trained by Phillip Stokes and with eight wins in 13 starts his earnings have now gone past $1 million.

**Hoofnote**: Hucklebuck (Elvstroem ex Kondari) is the older half-brother to unraced Triple Crown Syndications colt Courtza King (Northern Meteor ex Kondari)!

Race Footage courtesy of TVN