Surprise Baby (NZ) Earns Melbourne Cup Shot

A powerful win in the Group 3 Bart Cummings books Surprise Baby (NZ) a spot in the Melbourne Cup.
A powerful win in the Group 3 Bart Cummings books Surprise Baby (NZ) a spot in the Melbourne Cup.

Karaka graduate Surprise Baby (NZ) (Shocking) booked a spot in next month’s Melbourne Cup (3200m) with a powerful come-from-behind win in Saturday’s A$500,000 Group 3 Bart Cummings (2520m) at Flemington.

The lightly raced five-year-old recorded the fifth win of his 10-start career, storming home out of a midfield position.

With Jordan Childs in the saddle, he powered down the outside and raced past the leaders to score an emphatic victory by a length and a half.

Passed in at both the 2016 Select Sale and Ready to Run Sale, Surprise Baby was later bought for $5,500 on Gavelhouse.com.

The gelding has now earned A$723,735 in prize-money, with the A$7 million Melbourne Cup looming on the horizon.

"It was just a super ride and he's a super horse," trainer Paul Preusker said. "I think he's the real deal.

"He probably wasn't really wound up for this today, but he's a natural staying horse with a will to win."

Surprise Baby had previously won the Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m), and he was narrowly beaten when second in the Listed Andrew Ramsden (2800m) at Flemington in May.

A son of the Melbourne Cup winner Shocking (Street Cry), Surprise Baby was bred by Rich Hill Stud, who also produced the 2015 Melbourne Cup winner Prince of Penzance (NZ) (Pentire).

Vendor Rich Hill Stud
Breeding Shocking – Bula Baby
Sale Lot 746, 2016 Select Sale, Psd (Res $20,000) Lot 91, 2016 Ready to Run Sale, Psd (Res $35,000)
Bred by Rich Hill Thoroughbreds Ltd

 

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