Hucklebuck wins the $1m Emirates Stakes at Flemington
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)!