Starspangledbanner wins Caulfield Guineas
The Leon Corstens-trained Starspangledbanner ran his more fancied rivals into the ground with an outstanding frontrunning performance to claim the $1 million Group One Caulfield Guineas on Saturday.
The son of former international sprint star Choisir jumped straight to the lead under Danny Nikolic and dictated the 1600m race from the front, at one stage clearing out with a four-length break.
He kicked strongly at the top of the straight and had too much in hand to hold off Carrara and Manhattan Rain.
"He’s very, very solid," Nikolic said.
"It was always going to take a good horse to beat him.
"He’s a very good racehorse and he’ll make a good stallion.
Starspangledbanner’s win sparked wild scenes in the mounting yard as his 31 owners celebrated raucously.
"It’s a terrific effort on everybody’s behalf," Corstens said.
"It’s great for racing, there’s a whole bunch of owners in him."
The favourite Denman had excuses for his unplaced effort as he was trapped three-wide throughout.