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Octavia's Cockram

Eleven years ago Ballymore teamed with one of our favourite jockeys - Kerrin McEvoy (who won the 2000 Melbourne Cup on Brew for us) - to win the Group 3 Cockram Stakes and it was another successful pairing in that race at Caulfield on Saturday.

Taking the in-form, tough and honest Octavia straight to the front in the $150,000 contest, McEvoy was always travelling sweetly on the four-year-old who gave a lovely kick as she turned for home.

With her ears pinned right back, the four-year-old just kept finding, game when challenged late by a fast-finishing A Time For Julia - and such was her determined attitude that she still had those ears back as she was eased down after the line!

A big group of happy owners welcome Octavia back to scale - many of whom purchased their shares in the dual stakes winner at our popular annual Melbourne Cup Eve Open dDay.

Going close when second her first two runs this campaign, Octavia has won two in a row since and her latest success is her second at stakes level – the Listed Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) also on her resume.

A particularly honest mare who has won five of eleven with a further five placings to her credit, Octavia was a bargain $42,000 purchase for Paul Moroney – now the winner of over $340,000.

Concerned at the three week gap between runs – noting that Octavia is a burly sort who “can easily get away on you” – Moroney gave the mare “a decent hit-out” on Tuesday and was pleased to see her condition hold out.

“She is very gallant all the time,” he said, “and I thought she was very solid today – it was a really tough win.”

McEvoy agreed.

“She tries very hard,” he said, adding that “there was quite a strong breeze facing home and I thought that might be a hindrance for her – but she is a brave mare who gives her best.”

The Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes at Flemington is next on the agenda for Octavia, Moroney confident that she can handle the step up to 1400m.

"If she can run that trip it opens up a lot more options for her over the spring," he said.

Thanks to Darryl Sherer for the winning photo!

[17 Aug 13]

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