Super Saturday serves as one of the biggest racedays of the entire Festival of Racing period, boasting fantastic G1 racing, with this year's definitely being no exception!
On a beautiful sunny Saturday in Melbourne, punters were not only treated to a fantastic line up of racing, but also got to enjoy the amazing delicious food on offer at the Flemington Grazing Trail and Cellar Door.
The day kicked off with the TAB Kewney Stakes. Raceday favourite Catch A Fire, led by Damian Lane, dropped out to finish tenth while Mick Price trained filly Badawiya, ridden by Craig Newitt, took out a dominant win against Don't Doubt Mamma and Egypt.
Next up was the Lexus Newmarket Handicap. Trainer David Hayes led the charge with Redkirk Warrior, a Hong Kong racehorse whose career has been marked with feet troubles, even taking a year off racing due to a wind operation. However, on Saturday, Redkirk Warrior was just that - fighting his way to the finish line ridden by 20 year old Festival of Racing jockey to watch, Regan Bayliss, leaving Star Turn and Extreme Choice in his wake. This was the first Newmarket win for Hayes since Primacy's win in 1993, shortly before he moved to Hong Kong to train for a decade.
Then it was time for the biggest race of the day - the TAB Australian Cup. With superstars Winx and Hartnell not racing this time round, the focus was all on Ciaron Maher's Jameka and Darren Weir's Humidor. Punters were rearing to go as the Cup kicked off, keen to witness the best horses, jockeys and trainers in the country battle it out at Flemington. Punters were not disappointed with a thrilling race, which resulted in Darren Weir's Humidor taking out the title, running past the entire field for the victory. Jameka and Exospheric followed closely behind, taking out second and third respectively.
With two more weekend's of racing action coming up, make sure you get yourself along to enjoy the final days of the Festival of Racing! We'll see you next at Moonee Valley's St Paddy's Night extravaganza with the Alister Clarke Stakes.