The World’s top ranked sprinter Lankan Rupee has been upstaged by $20 outsider Angelic Miss in the 2014 Group 2 McEwen Stakes at Moonee Valley.
In Lankan Rupee’s first race of the new season, the 5-year-old Redoute’s Choice gelding was sent out the $1.22 favourite in the nine horse field. After jumping from the outside barrier jockey Craig Newitt had Lankan Rupee sitting off the leader Eloping into the home straight. But it was outside chance Angelic Light, a five-year-old mare trained by Robbie Griffiths, who denied the star sprinter a first up win with a great ride by Ryan Maloney while Eloping held on for third.
“I didn’t expect it, you’d have to be silly to say you would,” Griffiths said after the race.
“I was very happy with her first-up run and I thought today we were a real chance of running second and I would have been delighted with that.
“But to see her did deep and get on top of the world’s best sprinter, that’s very exciting.”
2014 McEwen Stakes Winner & Full Results
|1||7||ANGELIC LIGHT||Robbie Griffiths||Ryan Maloney||–||1||56.5kg||$21|
|2||1||LANKAN RUPEE||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||0.1L||9||58.5kg||$1.22F|
|3||9||ELOPING||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||Ms Linda Meech||2.35L||2||50kg||$9|
|4||2||IT IS WRITTEN||Robbie Griffiths||Matthew Allen||2.65L||4||58.5kg||$101|
|5||8||ORUJO||John O’Shea||Tommy Berry||3.65L||7||52kg||$41|
|6||6||CAUTHEN (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Steven Arnold||5.4L||3||58.5kg||$21|
|7||3||UNPRETENTIOUS||Nikki Burke||Craig Williams||5.5L||5||58.5kg||$19|
|8||5||ACADEMY JACK||Dale Short||Nicholas Hall||6.25L||6||58.5kg||$101|
|9||4||OUR NKWAZI||Shawn Mathrick||Dwayne Dunn||6.35L||8||58.5kg||$301|