Morphettville Melbourne Cup Day - 5th November 2019

The ownership[p of Emirates Park got the Melbourne Cup Day fixture at Morphettville off to a good start when Balaabel took out the 1600 metre opening event on Tuesday.

Being under the trainership of Tony and Calvin McEvoy and guided to victory by Barend Vorster Balaabel came from well back to record her first win in six starts.

The Tony and Calvin McEvoy training double made it two wins in the first two races when Fields of Ivy won the 1200 metre second race.

Giving jockey Barend Vorster an early double Fields of Ivy was well in contention throughout the event.

The training duo of Richard and Chantelle Jolly continued its good run when Kayseri broke its maiden status in the 1050 metre third race.

Giving Paul Gatt his third winner in four days Kayseri, who was returning to racing after a break, came from well back with a rails run to go to the post in impressive style.

The trend today for horses resuming from spells to win continued when the Kylie Huxtable trained Nasifa took out the 1050 metre fourth race.

Having the services of Dom Tourneur Nasifa came from a better than midfield position to win in a close finish.

After taking out the Melbourne with his son Vow and Declare sire Declaration of War made it two wins in ten minutes when Hasta La War won the final of the Skybeau Stayers Series which was run over 2500 metres.

Being under the care of Naracoorte horsewoman Sue Murphy and steered to victory by apprentice Teagan Vorrham, Hasta La War brought up his fifth win from nine starts when he came with an outside run late in the event to win.

After an unsuccessful trip to Geelong, Exalted Lauretta bounced back when she took out the 1200 metre sixth race.

Being under the care of Murray Bridge trainer Grant Young and ridden by Ryan Hurdle Exalted Lauretta settled in the back half of the field before unleashing a winning run on the home turn.

Jockey Barend Vorster brought up a treble and his first winner in conjunction with his manager Damien Wilton when his mount Rocky Harbour won the 1200 metre seventh race.

Being under the care of David Jolly, Rocky Harbour came from a midfield position with a strong run over the concluding stages.

Hoop Ryan Hurdle landed his second winner for the day when Damascus Moment took out the 1000 metre eighth race.

Making it two wins in succession the Peter Hardacre prepared Damascus Moment led all the way.

The in-form Ritratto gave Murray Bridge Huxtable his second Morphettville success in three days when the gelding won the 1800 metre final event.

Guided to victory by Todd Pannell Ritratto was well placed in bring up his second win from four starts.

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