Tall Ship Wins 2015 Warrnambool Cup

May 7th, 2015

British import Tall Ship has continued his impressive Australian debut preparation this afternoon; displayed an exceptional turn of foot in the final straight to comfortably take out the 2015 Warrnambool Cup (2350m).

Brad Rawiller partnered Tall Ship to success in the 2015 Warrnambool Cup. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Brad Rawiller partnered Tall Ship to success in the 2015 Warrnambool Cup. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Drawn in the wide barrier 11, Tall Ship settled in prime position on the heels of early leaders Shoreham, Lucciola and Clairvaux who set only a fair tempo around the first bend and over the back straight.

Receiving an ideal run in transit, jockey Brad Rawiller steadily spooled the Sea The Stars gelding up before allowing the four-year-old to charge clear of the pack over the final 400m; opening a comfortable four length gap by the time he hit the line ahead of Arch Fire and Lucciola.

Rawiller delivered a gem of a ride aboard Tall Ship for success in the 2015 Warrnambool Cup and revealed he was confident of success a long way from home.

“From the outside gates it was certainly always going to be better than drawing the inside,” Rawiller said after race race.

“A horse like him gets pulling and he’s still a little bit raw. That was always going to the only concern today because we knew ability-wise he’d beat these horses – he’s got a lot of upside.

“When I could get cover and be in that line it was perfect, he was hard on the bridle and just everything at the right time was happening for me.

“When he straightened, that was it, he just put them away so big, big effort.

“Great for the team. Darren (Weir) just keeps doing it time and time again.”

Trainer Darren Weir was thrilled with Tall Ship’s performance to win the 2015 Warrnambool Cup and revealed a return to the paddock appears the likely next option for the stayer ahead of the 2015 Spring Carnival.

“He’s had a great campaign and there’s been no pressure from the owners,” Weir said.

“He had good form when he was bought so he came to us as a horse with good potential.

“He ran well at Sandown his first start and then he took a massive step at home from his first to his second start and he obviously won at Geelong. He’s just taken little steps since then and took another good step today I reckon.

“I’ll have to talk to the owners but I think he’s done enough now. We’ll give him a little break and hopefully bring him back for the spring.

“He looks like he’ll stick and we’ll head to the better staying races I guess and see where we end up.”

Punters who backed Tall Ship to win the 2015 Warrnambool Cup with Ladbrokes.com.au have been paid out on generous $3.40 odds!

2015 Warrnambool Cup Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 6 TALL SHIP (IRE) Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 11 57kg $3.30F
2 12 ARCH FIRE (USA) Robert Smerdon Chris Parnham 3.75L 9 54kg $11
3 9 LUCCIOLA (IRE) David & Coral Feek Regan Bayliss (a) 3.85L 7 54kg $7.50
4 2 TOOLEYBUC KID Darren Weir Mark Zahra 4.05L 6 59.5kg $9
5 1 SHOREHAM Saab Hasan Steven Arnold 4.15L 5 59.5kg $11
6 14 CLAIRVAUX Matthew Williams Ryan Maloney 6.4L 4 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $19
7 13 GOLD MEDALS (NZ) Symon Wilde Dean Yendall 6.9L 8 54kg $21
8 11 COUNT ENCOSTA Darren Weir Ms Michelle Payne 13.9L 2 54kg $5.50
9 3 TUSCAN FIRE Dan O’Sullivan Damien Oliver 14.65L 1 58kg $7
10 4 SECESSIO (GB) Bob Challis Michael Walker 15.65L 10 57.5kg $26
11 15 RED FELLA Chris Ryan Jason Benbow 17.15L 3 54kg $71