Double Standards sprints away with Maltese Cup
Monday, 2nd February, 2015
By Darrin Manuel
Maltese Cup night at the trots lived up to all expectations, with the main event providing a brilliant spectacle for the big crowd.
After a false start the Carbine Chemicals Maltese Cup got underway with Misperception and Shez From Heaven making fast starts from the front row.
They were joined by Artois Stone who soon settled into first place along the rail as Double Standards drifted to the middle of the pack.
Meanwhile, Anthony Adams’ bid to take home his first ever Maltese Cup was in trouble with Youvegotobelieveit breaking into a gallop in the first lap and falling 15 lengths off the field.
John Garnaut continued to lead with Artois Stone for most of the early stages as Anthony Adams worked hard to find his way back into the race.
By the two-minute mark he had achieved his goal, and Youvegotobelieveit roared past the field and into first place, drawing a huge cheer from the crowd.
Adams held his place at the front into the final turn, with Artois Stone fading and Kasey Hocking aboard Double Standards sitting in behind the leader and waiting to strike.
As they entered the straight Kasey made her move, and Double Standards still had plenty left to give as he surged past Youvegotobelieveit to record a comfortable win.
After the race Kasey said she had been worried that she might not be able to find the space to unleash her charge.
“I’m really happy. I knew he had a good chance. Probably the only danger I had to look out for was the six (Youvegotobelieveit),” she said.
“They stacked the speed pretty early and he was on the bit for two laps and I thought if he doesn’t get out it would be very disappointing as he could have run on really well.
“But in the end everything worked in my favour. Speed was injected into the race which really helped.”
That speed came from the burst of Youvegotobelieveit, but Kasey said she was never too concerned about running him down
“(Double Standards) is a really quick finisher, so it was no problem. Even if he was three or four wide at the end he still would have knuckled down.”
Youvegotobelieveit ended up holding on to take second place, and was followed home by Misperception and Heza Bomber Boy.
Adams may have missed out on the Cup but he still had his share of success, driving the only double of the night with The Whitney (Race 1) and Horizon Miss (Race 4).
Race 1 - Schinella’s Friendly Grocer Pace, 2210m.
The Whitney, Ellehigh, Missouri Blue, Eye Carly.
Race 2 - Attards Transport Services Pace, 2210m
Montana Madge, Walk With Kings, Cityscape, Bettatobelucky
Race 3 - Carbine Chemicals Maltese Cup, 2500m
Double Standards, Youvegotobelieveit, Misperception, Heza Bomber Boy
Race 4 - Camilleri/Spiteri Family Pace, 2210m
Horizon Miss, Loa Aloha, Giggling Goldie, Jereme Jetsetter
Race 5 - Shutterbug/Express Horse Supplies Pace, 1900m
Atom Ranger, Riverboat Girl, King Amongst Kings, Armbro River