Alcohol sparked celebrations in Adelaide and Melbourne following a convincing victory at Flemington on Saturday.
The Bianconi gelding had won two of his last three starts at Morphettville and trainer Richard Jolly thought he deserved a chance in the Spotless Hcp (2000m). “There aren’t that many races for him at home so it was worth a shot at the better money in Melbourne,” Jolly told AAP at headquarters. “I’m hoping there’s another one in him while the better horses are out.”
Alcohol (4g Bianconi – Tendue by General Nediym) had won at Moonee Valley on a previous interstate trip last December and connections then set him for the G1 South Australian Derby in June. “He wasn’t quite right and wasn’t really competitive in the Derby,” Jolly admitted. “I tipped him out for a good spell and he’s come back in terrific form this season.”
Swettenham Stud sire Bianconi got him from Tendue who won the 2004 Red Ruby Final at Ballarat. “There’s not much stamina in the pedigree but Alcohol is very relaxed galloper,” Jolly explained. “That makes me think he will get 2400 metres at least.”
Lauriston Thoroughbreds consigned Alcohol to the 2010 Adelaide Magic Millions and he was a bargain $25,000 buy for a syndicate that includes several employees of Penfolds Wines.
Alcohol is one of 41 stakes performers by Bianconi and his overall record reads 472 individual winners at a 62% strike-rate. Swettenham Stud stands him for a $9,000 (inc gst) service fee.
– Karl Patterson
Bianconi gelding wins at Flemington