Blazejowski wins again
Dash For Cash grey gelding Blazejowski found himself in the money again at Flemington on Saturday, capturing the $130,000 Be A Mate, Nominate Trophy (1400m).
The 2020 Shaftesbury Avenue Quality winner brought up his tenth win and fourth victory at the venue in the open handicap, pushing his prizemoney past the $600,000 mark.
Blazejowski settled in the box-seat under apprentice Josh Richards, the eight-horse field split in two groups at halfway.
Richards delivered the seven-year-old trained by Greg Eurell into the lead shortly after straightening and he quickly opened a winning break, scoring by 1.75 lengths. This season's G2 Linlithgow Stakes (1200m) winner Justacanta closed strongly from the rear for second.
“He’s been tremendous, he’s ultra-consistent and incredible, he just keeps coming back into work and getting the job done," Eurell said.
"He hit a little bit of a speed bump last year when we took him to Brisbane but true to these horse’s heart, he came back and he’s back into it again.
“I think he’s been racing well enough, he’s sort of been around the fringes of it knocking on the door trying to win a race and today just worked out perfect for him."
Blazejowski could attempt to win the Listed Barton Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Australia Day for the second consecutive year but Eurell concedes he may extend to 1600 metres for the first time at his next start.
"When Craig (Williams) rode him (in the Chester Manifold Stakes) he thought the horse might be looking for it (1600 metres) at this stage but he didn’t do too bad today," Eurell added.