Long Knife delivers Fitzpatrick Plate upset

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser
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Smart sprinter Long Knife has given trainer Des Attwell the biggest thrill of his career after causing an upset in the $100,000 Tabtouch Fitzpatrick Plate (1230m) at Percy Spencer Racecourse this afternoon.

Jumping a $21 chance in the big field of 15 runners, Long Knife was beautifully placed just off the leader Secret Minx by talented apprentice Brodie Kirby before giving a strong kick at the top of the home straight.

The eight-year-old gobbled up Secret Minx and found plenty late to score a terrific win, downing Big Caroline by half a length.

Viking Forrest was ¾ length away in third spot while $4.60 race favourite Run Liam Run finished midfield.

It was the biggest win for both Attwell and Kirby and also Long Knife, who has a sensational Albany record.

Trainer Des Attwell after scoring his biggest ever win with Long Knife.
Camera IconTrainer Des Attwell after scoring his biggest ever win with Long Knife. Credit: Albany Advertiser

The Attwell-Kirby combination capped a breakthrough day by claiming the final race on the card with rising mare Queen Tori to both score winning doubles.

On a day for the battlers, the other feature race the $35,000 Pelicans Albany Golden Bracelet was taken out by Prix D’Excellence for Albany trainer Liam O’Loughlin.

Prix D’Excellence ($11) was sent to the front by jockey Lucas Camilleri and the pair skipped clear on the home corner as they stormed home to win by 1 ½ over Amaliemoo.

Winning connections of Prix D’Excellence after taking out the 2018 Pelicans Albany Golden Bracelet (1600m).
Camera IconWinning connections of Prix D’Excellence after taking out the 2018 Pelicans Albany Golden Bracelet (1600m). Credit: Albany Advertiser

Mu Mu Land earlier saluted at big odds of $31 for the Sam and Natasha Faithfull combination and Albany trainer Roy Rogers won the opening two races, on a day that belonged to the locals.

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