Sophie’s Spirit Wins Cup Day’s Herald Sun Stakes

Sophies Spirit

Sophies Spirit has held of Little Surfer Girl in the Herald Sun Stakes

Sophie’s Spirit has held off a late charge from Little Surfer Girl to win the Herald Sun Stakes on Melbourne Cup Day.

The five-year-old mare added an impressive $120,000 to her prize money tally with the gutsy win, which was the fifth of her career.

Little Surfer Girl had to be content with second place, despite her magnificent run, while Divorces rounded out the placings in third.

Jockey Glyn Schofield, who is booked to ride Hawk Island in today’s Melbourne Cup, was pleased with Sophie’s Spirit’s run.

“She did it tough against the pattern of the track,” Schofield said.

“She was really strong right through.

“She only just prevailed in the end.

“She found a little bit on Melbourne Cup Day.

“I hope I haven’t used up my luck for the Cup yet.

“You need a bit of luck in this game and sometimes when it’s with you it’s with you.”

Trainer and owner Max Hinton indicated Sophie’s Choice would now target a race at Sandown on November 12.

“I thought that was going to grab us as normally happens but we got there,” Hinton said.

“She’s probably run at the Sandown meeting at that mare’s race and then I think she’s earned a rest.”

This was the mare’s eighth race of a preparation that included a handful of runs in the Brisbane winter carnival.

“I took her to Brisbane to try and grow her up a bit for this carnival… and it seems to have worked,” Hinton said.

“She’s a great mare.”

Finish No. Horse Jockey Trainer Weight Margin
1st 15 SOPHIE’S SPIRIT(1) Glyn Schofield Max Hinton 53.0 1-22.47
2nd 3 LITTLE SURFER GIRL(11) Jim Cassidy Chris Waller 56.0 0.1L
3rd 2 DIVORCES(15) Kerrin McEvoy Peter Snowden 56.0 0.6L
4th 13 MISS BINDI(9) Chris Munce Colin & Cindy Alderson 53.0 2.9L
5th 10 CABERNET(16) Brenton Avdulla Grahame Begg 53.0 3.0L
6th 5 GAI’S CHOICE(10) Hugh Bowman Brett Partelle 56.0 4.2L
7th 14 NERIANI(3) Danny Nikolic John Sadler 53.0 5.5L
8th 18 DESATIN(2) Dean Yendall Matthew Williams 53.0 5.6L
9th 17 SUSSURO(5) William Buick Tony Noonan 53.0 6.6L
10th 8 HINEMOA(12) Lisa Cropp Michael Moroney 55.0 6.7L
11th 9 LUCHA LIBRE(14) Mark Zahra Anthony Cummings 55.0 6.8L
12th 19 SAINT ANGERS(7) Luke Nolen Peter G Moody 53.0 7.0L
13th 6 ZUBBAYA(4) Nicholas Hall Anthony Freedman 55.0 7.2L
14th 1 HIDDEN WONDER(6) Damien Oliver Kris Lees 56.0 7.9L
15th 12 PONTIANA(8) Dwayne Dunn Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 53.0 9.2L
16th 11 ZAIRA(13) Corey Brown Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 53.0 11.4L
Src 4 BANCHEE Luke Nolen John Sargent
Src 7 ARDECHE Darren Beadman Bart Cummings
Src 16 TARIANA Craig Newitt Mick Price
Src 20 GUISEPPINA James McDonald S. Ramsay & J. Ritchie

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