Fantastic Blue causes upset in Premier’s Cup

Toowoomba five year old Fantastic Blue has thrown Brisbane Cup betting into disarray after the outsider upset the more fancied chances in the Group 3 $125,000 Channel Seven Premier’s Cup (2200m) at Doomben today.

Fantastic Blue kept his 2200m Doomben record in tact having won over the course and distance three times with today’s victory and will now head to the Group 2 $300,000 Australian Special Metals Brisbane Cup (2400m) at Eagle Farm on June 9

Winning trainer Paul Nolan said the stable was quietly confident that Fantastic Blue would be hard to beat today even though he only beat one runner home at Eagle Farm two starts back and finished midfield last start in the Group 3 $115,000 BOQ Albany Creek Chairman’s Handicap (2000m) at Doomben on May 12.

“He’s a great horse. He’s the best horse I’ve ever had,” Nolan said.

“This is his fourth run in, it was a terrible ride last start. My main ambition is to win the Brisbane Cup, so I suppose I have to have a crack at it, he has to be a hope in it.”

Winning rider Tim Bell picked up the lucky winning ride when original rider Glen Colless had trouble making the weight and wasn’t worried that he was one of the outsider.

“He was a fair way back, but I always considered him a hope, got a bit more forward, cut the corner on the turn, got the split and brought him to the outside and got the bob in. He’s had two runs over the distance for two wins so I always thought he was going to be a good hope in the race.”

Steven Arnold gave runner up Dance With Her a good run and brought her with a well timed run only to be beaten a nose on the line while Josh Adams gave topweight Ironstein the run of the race to wind up in third spot.

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.