Lyle Murray holds up the winner’s trophy of the Bundaberg cup.
Lyle Murray holds up the winner’s trophy of the Bundaberg cup. Scottie Simmonds

Hot Flushes scorches track in Cup

THERE were plenty of shocked spectators when Hot Flushes bolted home to win the 100th anniversary Bundaberg Cup, but none more so than Eidesvold owner-trainer Bob Murray.

The rank outsider started five classes above its grade in the Open Handicap event and, with jockey Scott Bayliss aboard, beat hot favourite Try Some Magic by three lengths.

Pat Moss was a further six lengths back third.

Murray had written off his chances long before the race began, but felt a little flicker of excitement as Hot Flushes challenged Try Some Magic on the 800-metre mark.

“I wouldn't have bet a single dollar on him,” Murray said.

“I was watching him close in and shaking my head in disbelief.”

In an explosive burst of power, Hot Flushes overtook the Caloundra-based favourite to lead into the 1300-metre mark and bolt home for an upset win.

“He's a strong finisher and raced true to form, but I never expected him to have the legs to cut it in the Cup,” Murray said.

“We're a little surprised but we're absolutely delighted all the same.”

Murray was greeted by a swarm of stubby-carrying punters with wide grins when he led his horse to the winner's circle.

With Hot Flushes, the rank outsider at $26, more than a few had a profitable afternoon at the Bundaberg Race Club.

“It was great to see some of the guys with a big fistful of $50s,” he said.

“They showed faith where I probably wouldn't have, so it was great see it pay off for them.”

Murray bought the four-year-old chestnut gelding November 3 last year for $5000 and said the win would go a fair way to recouping his investment.

Hot Flushes has recorded three wins for the trainer, with a win at the Gympie RSL Cup in April and a win on the Gladstone track in May.

“We bought him on Melbourne Cup day so maybe it's a good omen,” he said.

“If he keeps running like he did on Saturday we've got a winner on our hands.”

Fernardi proved too quick for competitors in the Lightning Open Handicap beating Falvalea and Growsir with margins of 1 length and ¾ length respectively.

The Kerry Munce-trained Gympie gelding took an early lead to claim victory with a time of 63.7 seconds.

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