A perfectly-timed ride by Noel Callow saw the Mick Price-trained Octabello ($17) spring an upset and win the $350,000 Listed TAB Cranbourne Cup (2025m).
Capping the win with a star jump on the dismount, Callow was the star of the show as he was able to produce the Pierro gelding at the right time in the straight to nab Sully ($11) and hold out odds-on favourite Furrion ($1.80) – and cap a raceday double after earlier winning aboard Frankel My Dear for local trainer Robbie Laing.
It was with Furrion, ridden by Jye McNeil, who Octabello had to fight for some room in the final two furlongs, but Callow was able to find the room he needed to punch out a victory in the feature.
“He lived up to his name there, King Callow,” Price’s stable rep Mick Nolan said post race. Nolan added: “I think only Noel Callow would’ve won on that horse.”
Octabello came into the race the clear bottom-rated horse in the field with a 72 handicap rating, giving 22 ratings points to the likes of Guardini and Sully at the level minimum weight.
Octabello more than tripled his career earnings with the $210,000 winner’s cheque, taking his career record to four wins from 13 starts for $306,750.
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