Fiveandahalfstar has won the Group 1 Victoria Derby at Flemington Racecourse today November 3, 2012.
The three-year-old led all the way to produce a spectacular run in the 2012 Victoria Derby.
Fiveandahalfstar has now won three of his 15 race starts and has earned more than $1 million in prize money.
The Hotel Grand gelding won the race in a demonstration of true staying ability ahead of Super Cool, who finished second, and Rawnaq, who placed a surprising third.
Fiveandahalfstar is trained by Anthony Cummings, whose last win on Derby Day was a long 21 years ago.
“Nice horse and he’s obviously an above average stayer,” Cummings said of Fiveandahalfstar.
“He’s just got a hell of a constitution.”
The talented stayer was ridden by jockey Damien Oliver in the 2012 Victoria Derby.
It was the fourth time Oliver has won the Derby in the past 20 years.
The jockey had convinced Cummings that Fiveandahalfstar deserved a shot at today’s 2012 Victoria Derby.
“I was glad I was able to talk Anthony into it,” Oliver said.
“He couldn’t have been fitter today.
“He just outstayed them today.
“It’s my brother’s 10 year anniversary since we lost him and it’s great to ride a winner.”
Oliver will now look to claim his third Melbourne Cup victory aboard Americain next Tuesday November 3, 2012.
“I’d love to win another one,” he said.
“I’ve got a great chance in Americain.”
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2012 Victoria Derby Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||11||NECHITA||John P Thompson||Christian Reith||–||3||54.5kg||$5|
|2||10||JOLIE BAY||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Michael Rodd||0.75L||2||54.5kg||$7.50|
|3||6||SHAMEXPRESS (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Damien Oliver||1.15L||11||56.5kg||$51|
|4||8||KNIGHT EXEMPLAR||John O’Shea||Nash Rawiller||1.45L||6||56.5kg||$18|
|5||9||SNITZERLAND||Gerald Ryan||Corey Brown||1.75L||9||54.5kg||$4.40F|
|6||1||SIZZLING||Kelso Wood||Chris Munce||1.85L||5||56.5kg||$5|
|7||3||FIRE THUNDERBOLT||Phillip Stokes||Craig Williams||3.1L||1||56.5kg||$7.50|
|8||5||LANKAN RUPEE||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||5.35L||4||56.5kg||$15|
|9||4||SHELFORD||John O’Shea||James McDonald||6.6L||7||56.5kg||$41|
|10||7||STARS IN THE SKY||Leon Corstens||Luke Nolen||10.1L||10||56.5kg||$101|
|11||2||HIDDEN WARRIOR||Paul Perry||Nicholas Hall||10.85L||8||56.5kg||$18|