The Hawkes’ trained Outrageous under Tommy Berry won the Rosehill feature of the $160,000, Group 3 Fujitsu General Festival Stakes (1500m) on Saturday to make it two wins in success for the five-year-old All Too Hard gelding.
Berry timed the race to perfections using the 54kg and barrier nine to position just behind the leader Irithea and Kathy O’Hara until main straight. At the 300m market Berry had Outrageous outside Irithea and then leading and they kept the advantage all the way to the line.
Royal Celebration (Excelebration) (54kg) and Sam Clipperton were the closest challenger with the margin a neck at the line and Evalina (I Am Invincible) (53kg) and Kerrin McEvoy next in third, the margin 1 1/4L.
The time was 1.29.25 on the Good 4 track with the final 600m in 34.98. Outrageous paid $4.20 on fixed odds and $5.10 on the tote. The $4.00 favourite Through The Cracks finished seventh.
Outrageous and Tommy Berry hold out Royal Celebration and Sam Clipperton, picture Sportpix.com.au
Outrageous, out of the More Than Ready mare Fit And Ready, was consistently campaigned at a high level earlier in his career with results that included a third in the 2018 Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes over 1400m at Randwick.
His last start win at Flemington was over 1400m at Benchmark 90 level on the Melbourne Cup programme on the 3rd. He was well placed by William Pike being third at the 400m and then running away with the race with 57kg to win by 1 ¾.
Saturday’s win for his prominent ownership group of R & C Legh Racing Pty Ltd, Vinery Stud, Greenwich Stud Pty Ltd, Werrett Bloodstock Pty Ltd, Encompass Bloodstock, Mr P C Orton, Mr C H Madden, Dr E K Attebo, Mr A K Cree, B & C Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd, Mr S W Kay, Wright Racing and Mr G B Robinson was his fifth from 29 starts and with six placings he has earned stakes of $554,980.
Festival Stakes, photo finish picture ATC