2017 Kennedy Mile Results: Shillelagh Produces An Upset Victory

Shillelagh wins the 2017 Kennedy Mile

Shillelagh wins the 2017 Kennedy Mile

The Chris Waller trained Kiwi Mare Shillelagh defied the odds to come out victorious in Saturday’s $1 million Group 1 Kennedy Mile (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday. Despite starting at $13, Shillelagh made a strong stride towards to final 100 to beat her pre-race favourite stablemate Tom Melbourne ($6) to second.

Talking to reporters after the race, Waller looked very pleased with the victory. “Winning any race on Derby Day is special,” Waller said. “I won’t say it’s better than the Cox Plate but it’s right up there. She’s a good horse she’s gone to a new level this preparation. She came to me from NZ in good form. It’s a very special win.”

Jockey Michael Dee also looked very excited after his second career Group 1 victory.  “Feels great, I just can’t believe it”, said Dee. “I was very lucky to pick up the ride; she’s been racing well (and) I was able to get on the back of the right horse. She let down very good and was too tough in the end.”

Despite finishing second with Tom Melbourne, jockey Glen Boss had words of praise for the winner. “What do you say, he had every chance today and gave me a winning ride, but just found one better than him again,” said Boss.

The Craig Williams trained Wyndspelle ($34) finished third, while the Jeff Lloyd trained All Our Roads ($10) finished fourth.


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