Victorian three-year-old Giga Kick stormed home to win the $15 million TAB Everest at the finish.
With the race changing complexion late on, the three-year-old became the second in his age group to win a race when he topped Private Eye to win the world’s richest turf race in just his fifth career start .
“Extraordinary, stunning,” said Bruce McEvanie in a commentary.
“You knew he (Nature Strip) was in trouble and it would take something special (to win).”
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Nature Strip, the hot favorite, came close to winning but only weakened late and was cut off by third-placed Mazou in the final furlong, with Jacquino doing well to finish fifth.
Giga Kick started at $21 with Private Eye at $12 and Mazu at $18.
Yes Yes Yes was the first three-year-old to win a major sprint in 2019.
It was a dream come true for 27-year-old trainer Clayton Douglas, while slot holder James Harron claimed his third Everest after success with Redsell in the first two series of the race.
Winning jockey Craig Williams said: “My team around me, my family, thank you for everything over the years. It’s really a great thrill. First run of this five years ago I finished second on Vega Magic and thought we had unfinished business.
“It’s another great story and any time you see these horses lined up, it’s a privilege for the rider to be in this race.”
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