Ferlax lands Australian Guineas for Baster
- Stephen Baster & Jim Conlan
Jockey Stephen Baster has capped a triumphant return to Australian racing with a Group One Australian Guineas win on Ferlax.by AAP
MELBOURNE, March 2 AAP - Jockey Stephen Baster has capped a triumphant return to Australian racing with a Group One Australian Guineas win on Ferlax.
Baster was forced out of Singapore in sudden and unexplained circumstances last month but he has taken little time to re-establish himself in Melbourne.
He made the most of his first ride on Ferlax, giving the colt a dream run in the $500,000 race at Flemington.
Ferlax, backed from $21 to $17, was parked behind the leader and took an inside run to beat You're So Good, the only filly in the race.
Sheer Talent, who did all the bullocking work outside the leader, held down the minor placing.
"It's a big thrill to come home and have a run like I've had," Baster said.
The race was run without All Too Hard, a short-priced favourite in the lead-up to the 1600m feature.
The glamour colt, who was chasing a third straight Group One win, was scratched because of an elevated temperature.