Sport Pinot wins the Oaks for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, as favourite Aloisia finishes out of the placings

12:21  09 november  2017
12:21  09 november  2017 Source:   MSN

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New Zealand Bloodstock Ethereal Stakes (race 3) Won by Pinot ridden by Stephen Baster and trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott . Pinot out of puff but as Oaks trial it looked ideal for filly. Thousand Guineas: Aloisia (Luke Nolen).

Pinot has recorded a surprise victory in the VRC Oaks to give Gai Waterhouse her first win in the race. Ridden by Stephen Baster, Pinot paid .50 for the win for Waterhouse and co-trainer Adrian Bott as the favourite Aloisia faded in the home straight to finish well back in the 2,500-metre event.

Stephen Baster and Pinot gave trainer Gai Waterhouse her first-ever win in the Oaks at Flemington.© AAP/Tracey Nearmy Stephen Baster and Pinot gave trainer Gai Waterhouse her first-ever win in the Oaks at Flemington.

Gai Waterhouse has trained her first VRC Oaks winner as Pinot outstayed her rivals in the $1 million race at Flemington.

Ridden by Stephen Baster, Pinot ($5.50) led home a rough result in the three-year-old fillies Classic in beating Bring Me Roses ($31) by 1-1/3 quarter lengths.

Hiyaam ($21) was another 1-1/2 lengths away in third.

The race was delayed as Aloisia was reshod after losing a shoe on her way to the barrier and the odds-on favourite missed the placings.

Waterhouse trained Tuesday Joy to finish second in the 2006 Oaks but had not had a runner since.

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The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott -trained Pinot proved the superior staying filly when running her rivals into the ground in the million Group I Listed Kennedy Oaks (2500m) at Flemington on Thursday. The .80 favourite Aloisia finished sixth.

Stephen Baster, Adrian Bott and Gai Waterhouse with Pinot 's connections (Image: Racing Photos). Oaks : Gai , a blaze of yellow. Favourite Aloisia had worked early but then enjoyed a good run before wilting as Pinot dug in.

She shared her breakthrough moment with training partner Adrian Bott.

Pinot was expected to lead but after missing the start, Baster had to make a lot of use of the filly in the middle stages.

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Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott -trained Pinot won the Ethereal Stakes and will be a speed influence on the race while Saturday's Wakeful Stakes winner Luvaluva has the stout staying lines to test Aloisia .

Bookmakers reacted immediately to a run trainer Darren Weir described as plain by replacing her at the head of markets by Aloisia and Pinot , who are now TAB joints favourites for the classic. Representing Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott , Roger Elliott said the gear change improved Pinot ’s

Baster timed his run to the second as Pinot got the upper hand over the final 100m.

"It is special, it really is," Waterhouse said.

"She came to Melbourne a maiden. She came here with no accolades or anything ... and not looked back since then."

Aloisia was attempting to complete the Thousand Guineas-VRC Oaks double.

She was sent forward from the barrier to race outside the leader until settling fourth behind Pinot in the middle stages.

Jockey Luke Nolen tried to get Aloisia to rally but the $1.80 came to the end of her run at the 200m and she finished sixth.

Comment: Melbourne Cup 2017: Winners and losers .
The 2017 Melbourne Cup was taken out by Rekindling in another two-horse duel down the straight, narrowly overcoming Johannes Vermeer. On the turn there were two clear bunches – the leaders and the fanning backmarkers trying to find a lane to run home. As the leaders weakened, the brave Johannes Vermeer was gradually worn down, with Corey Brown judging the ride perfectly to pull away by a long neck. © AAP Image/Julian Smith Trainer Joseph O'Brien, part owner Lloyd Williams and jockey Corey Brown with their Melbourne Cup trophies.

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