Flemington

By Patrick Bartley Echoes PRIDE OF JENNI’S QUEST TO BECOME ‘THE NEXT VO ROGUE’ Past of the Vo Rogue’s front-running tactics captivated the nation and earned him multiple victories in the late 80s and early 90s. Now, decades later, a new phenomenon, Pride Of Jenni, has emerged with remarkable speed and tenacity. As she prepares for the $3 million TAB Australian Cup (2000m), racing enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the outcome of this historic race, drawing parallels to champions like Vo Rogue. The 1988 Bicentenary Australian Cup was billed as one of the most eagerly awaited encounters the famous Flemington Racecourse had seen in decades. Vo Rogue, a crowd favourite due to his daring front-running style of racing, was up against the legendary Bonecrusher who was looking for back-to-back Australian Cup wins. An enormous crowd gathered to see Vo Rogue add the Australian Cup to his already imposing record. Despite being more than eight lengths in front with 300m to go, the horse was overtaken in the final 150m by unlikely contender, Dandy Andy, leaving spectators at Flemington astounded. Trained by country trainer Jim Cerchi, Dandy Andy was a five-year-old who started at 125-1 and left the crowd at Flemington stunned with the result. Amazingly, Dandy Andy finished fourth to Vo Rogue in the St George Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield two starts prior, a whopping thirteen lengths behind the champ.

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