Baker buy has Cup runneth over

One-time Godolphin standard-bearer Alegron provided a significant dividend for his new owners when scoring an impressive win the $400,000, Group 2, XXXX Brisbane Cup (3200m) at Eagle Farm on the Stradbroke program in Brisbane.

Bought for just $40,000 online late in 2023, the 5-year-old gelding was purchased by clients of the Bjorn Baker stable and had his first start for his new connections in the first week of May when running 11th of fifteen in the Hawkesbury Cup.

Four starts into his new life with Baker and Alegron returned to his best winning form, finishing over the top of his rivals in the metric two-miler under a perfectly judged ride by apprentice Dylan Gibbons.

In an evenly run Brisbane Cup, Alegron put a clear length on his opposition led home by hot favourite Mostly Cloudy (Ire) making good late ground along the fence, with Captain Envious (NZ) claiming third after making what looked like to be a winning run at the top of the Eagle Farm straight.

Alegron carries his new colours to victory in the Brisbane Cup; picture Racing Queensland/Michael McInally

Alegron posted the fourth win of his prominent career having previously claimed the Listed VRC St Leger over 2800m as a 3-year-old and the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes over 2000m at four. 

Significantly, the $40,000 online purchase earned $232,000 for his Brisbane Cup success and took his total earnings to $1,360,265.

Speaking on behalf of the Baker stable after the win, Jim Clark remarked: “He’s been a fantastic horse since Bjorn bought him relatively inexpensively. He’s had a really good prep and his run the other day put the writing on the wall.

“They were very confident he’d be strong at the end of two miles. They ran along nicely and it was a really cool ride from Dylan. Great result!

“Each run he has kept improving physically. I thought he looked a million dollars today. Stepping up to the two miles is the key.”

Gibbons added the Brisbane Cup to his 3200m winning ride in the 2023 Sydney Cup and claimed in his post-race interview: “I only had to think for about 400-metres, so it was great.

“His run the other day was enormous and he took me into the race. I just had to give him that good 400-metres and I knew he’d be tough for me late and he had to be.”

Alegron was returned at $8.00, Mostly Cloudy (Ire) as the $2.25 favourite, and Captain Envious (NZ) at $10.00.

Winning time was 3m20.71s (last 600m in 36.82s), and the official margins 1¼L x Nose.