DELTA BLUES TOPS MELBOURNE CUP TAKING THE FELLOW
INTERNATIONAL HORSE RACING
Visiting the cyte of Japan Racing Associaton, I was surprised at watching a race movie when Japanese Delta Blues and Jockey Yasunari Iwata won the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse, Australia, where the winning trainer Katuhiko Sumii also sent out Pop Rock, who finished the 2nd by a head of the fellow. The favorite Tawqeet of USA, who beat Delta Blues in Caulfield Cup(G1) last month, sank down the 19th.
The result of Japanese one-two-finish in overseas G1 race was as incredibly nice as Agnes Digital and Eishin Preston did the same thing at Hong Kong in 2002. Delta Blues, who won five times including G1 Kikka-syo two years ago with Iwata, is not so special in Japan recent days. Same as Pop Rock, who has never entered G1 races in Japan but on this day had more population than Delta Blues maybe due to home Jockey Damien Oliver onboard.
The trainer Sumii, who deserved last July's American Oaks(G1) in Hollywood Park with Cesario, embodies a mind of the right stuff in the right place. It's marvelous!
Melbourne Cup (7 Nov)
G1, 3200M, turf, handicap, at FLEMINGTON Racecourse
1.Delta Blues #2, 56kg Yasunari Iwata, Katsuhiko Sumii, 3:21:47
2.Pop Rock #12, 53kg Damien Oliver, Katsuhiko Sumii, +0.03
3.Maybe Better #23, 50kg Chris Munce, Brian Mayfield-Smith, +0.71
4.Zipping #13, 52.5kg Glen Boss, Graem Rogerson, +0.96