Punters spot on as well-backed Unamerican claims Orange Cup

Winona Costin leads on the Richard and Will Freedman-trained Unamerican the first time the field passes the winning post. Costin would lead all the way on the Sydney galloper in the $75,000 event. Photo: Racing Photography.

Unamerican was the hot tip leading into Friday’s $75,000 Orange Cup (2100m), and the money came thick and fast for the Richard and Will Freedman-trained galloper, which opened $26 before being backed into $3.90 by start time.

Ridden by Winona Costin, the six-year-old was simply dominant when finding the front early before streaking away for a 4.81 lengths win from the Danny Williams-trained Marsabit (Nick Heywood, $5.50), while in third and 6.76 lengths back was the Bjorn Baker-trained Ita (Mitchell Bell, $4.40).

Costin is known as one of the better front-running jockeys in NSW, and she touched on what turned out to be a relatively easy ride up front. 

“He was too good; he jumped really good and rolled across and got the lead early,” Costin said. 

“I just annoyed him a little bit through the middle stages, and elected to let him go, keep him in his rhythm, and we were able to get to the best part of the track, which was the main thing as well.”

The outside of the home straight was definitely the better going on the day, and once the pair found the good ground, they could explode away for a classy win. 

“He really got through that (going), but on the outside, was a lot firmer as well,” Costin confirmed. 

Unamerican has now qualified for the $2 million Big Dance and $500,000 Little Dance, which will be run and won on the first Tuesday in November at Royal Randwick. 

Marsabit had already qualified after a terrific second in the Albury Cup late last month. 

However, the result will keep his owners very happy after netting over $50,000 in two races without winning. 

In the $35,000 Cooper’s Brewery Orange Sprint (1010m), the Natalie Jarvis-trained Kattegat claimed a thrilling victory

The Moruya galloper, which started at $4 equal favourite, dug deep for jockey Alysha Collett to find the line first, defeating the Brett Robb-trained Morgenstern (Clayton Gallagher, $4.80) by 0.58 of a length while in third and 1.48 lengths back was the Todd Smart-trained Washington Towers (Nick Heywood, $4.60).

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