A Valued winner

Nov 10, 2012

It is always a big thrill to win a race at Flemington during Cup Week so we congratulate Avedis Damirdjian, Rafi Poladian, Helen Vitale, Tony Beuk, Antranik Bedrosian, Domenic Piscioneri, Brian Tozer, the Two Joes & A Mario Syndicate and the A & R Syndicate on the tough and deserved win for the talented Good Value.

Despite a soft victory at his prevous outing at Bendigo, the lightly raced six-year-old was sent out at double figure odds in the Momentum Energy Trophy.

Appreciating the tep up to the mile for the first time this preparation, Good Value broke through for his first win at metropolitan level.

"With a bit of luck he could've been unbeaten this time in," Michael Kent said, adding that "he should've won first up" - noting that the gelding was badly held up before flying home for an eye-catching second.

Going wide at the turn when third at Cranbourne next time out, Good Value deserved to break through at Bendigo and his Flemington victory justified the good opinion Kent has always had of the horse.

"He is a nice horse,' he said - "I really rated him las ttime in but he was just floating away and leaning in during his races."

"We found a problem with his knee and cleaned him up and he is going much beter now.'

"I think he is a Listed race quality horse and I reckon he will get 10 furlongs (2000m)."

Taking a few strides to wear down favourite Galah, Good Value had to dig deep for jockey MIchael Walker.

"He hits a flat spot," Kent said, "but he just keeps wining up and Flemington gives you a chance to get there."

Walker, who was also aboard Good Value when he won at Bendigo, was taken with the style of the victory.

"He had to step up to Cup Week and he did it," he said, adding that "if anything the further he goes the better he will get."

Good Value was our one winner during the big week but we also cheered on Summerbliss to a gutsy third in the VRC Oaks on Thursday - the Rick Jamieson owned Danehill Dancer filly somewhat unlucky.

“She is a big, long striding filly who can’t quicken brilliantly, "Kent said.

"She got stopped in her tracks three times over the final 600 metres and was finishing the strongest on the line."

Having just her third start, Summerbliss will be spelled in preparation for a crack at the AJC Oaks in the autumn - a race the stable won last year with Absolutely who also races in Jamieson's all black colours.