Above: Declan Bates shows his joy in guiding No Restriction to victory (Scott Barbour/Racing Photos)
It was a blowout for punters in the Listed World Horse Racing Stakes (1400m)at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day with the Unencumbered filly No Restriction powering home from last on the turn for a maiden stakes success.
While many jockeys came back with hard-luck stories, Declan Bates eased No Restriction out into clear air at the 300 metres to finish over the top of the Pride Of Dubai filly Princess Jenni by a length with a half-neck back to the Street Boss (USA) filly Ripper Rita in third.
A first-up winner at Ballarat in April, No Restriction has not been far away in three subsequent starts including a last start fourth behind Incredulous Dream at Caulfield.
It was a first winner on Melbourne Cup day for trainer Archie Alexander.
“We have run second a few times on Cup day, a frustrating week and every trainer wants to be here,” Alexander said.
“I’m absolutely delighted for the team, delighted for the owners and she is bred by Three Bridges who are great friends.
“She has always been a bit spooky and green. She can get pulling like she did today. We thought blinkers would be too much and winkers were halfway.
“It was a great ride by Dec, and it’s a great day for the stable.
“I am leaning to going to the paddock now. She is not overly big and she has done a good job today so we will end on a winning note.”
Above: No Restriction was a $90,000 Adelaide Magic Millions yearling
Consigned by Three Bridges to the 2019 Magic Million Adelaide Yearling Sale, No Restriction was purchased by Alexander Racing/Rogers Bloodstock for $90,000.
She is the fifth winner from as many foals out of the unraced Zabeel mare Zumbarina who is a three-quarter sister to the great Might And Power who on this day in 1997 scored a fighting win in the Melbourne Cup.
Zumbarina has a 2yo colt by Brazen Beau who was purchased by Agile Thoroughbreds for $20,000 at this years Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.
The daughter of Zabeel has a yearling filly by Toronado (IRE) and was not covered last spring.
No Restriction becomes the third stakes-winner for the Magic Millions winner Unencumbered (Testa Rossa) who covered for four seasons before his death in March 2018.