Ballina trainer Jerome Hunter with Blutigeroo.
Ballina trainer Jerome Hunter with Blutigeroo.

Bluetigeroo swamped in the straight

By STEVE SPINKS

BLUTIGEROO did everything right in the $5 million Melbourne Cup yesterday. Well, almost ...

After all, it did finish 19th out of a field of 21.

In The Northern Star yesterday, Blutigeroo's former trainer Jerome Hunter, who now lives and trains in Ballina, said the gelding had to be sitting in the top bunch for most of the race to have any chance.

It was the same tactics that led the stablemate of Cox Plate winner El Segundo to win the BMW (2400m) at Rosehill last autumn.

Unfortunately, it was not to be. Despite being in the leading four at the top of the straight the six-year-old was swamped.

Jockey Luke Nolen said: "It was run at a nice even tempo but he failed to stay the trip. I would say he's more of a mile-to-a-quarter to a mile-and-a-half horse."

Fernleigh jockey Scott Seamer failed to place in his four rides on Cup day.

Seamer rode Casino owner Stuart Ramsey's five-year-old mare Eskaw in the Liberty Financial Stakes (1400m).

Eskaw, which firmed to be the $4.60 favourite, finished 11th.

Seamer also had an eventful ride in the Lavazza Long Black Handicap (2800m) aboard Dicktator.



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