Jul 31, 2016

Photo courtesy of Trackside Photography

The Iliad, named after a famous Homer poem, proved way to strong for his rivals in the 1615m Coca Cola BM 85 Handicap at Doomben. After jumping well, jockey James Orman, was able to box seat the gelding before extricating him, after a bumping duel in the straight. Once he saw daylight he then accelerated extremely well to score by 1.5 lengths, easing down.

" It was a great win and James rode another terrific race. We were quite confident going into this, especially after seeing a good track, as he really does not handle wet ground that well. So we basically had to forgive his last run. It is great for the owners as well, especially Dennis & Colleen Walker as Dennis bought him as a tried horse and sold some shares to a few friends. So he has paid them back in a relatively short time which is terrific." Commented Chris Meagher

"This horse is a really solid performer and he just keeps rising to the occasion. We put the blinkers on for this race, just to sharpen him up and they did the trick. It was really good to see him settle and travel so well for James and he gives every indication he will get over a bit more ground. The stable continues to be going extremely well, churning out quite a few winners so full credit must go to all of our dedicated staff." Commented John Meagher