Pippie feast worth weight for mighty Meech

A month of starving paid off for Linda Meech when she led throughout on speed machine Pippie to become the first woman to win the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate.

Meech used Pippie’s blinding speed in the early stages to lead from barrier 15. She crossed to the fence after 400m and cleared out to lead clearly.

Pippie didn’t look like being caught and she gave Meech her second Group 1 winner.

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Linda Meech produced a well-judged ride on Pippie to win the Oakleigh Plate. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

Pippie ($12) held on to win by a half length over the fast-finishing Zoutori ($25), ridden by Jamie Kah, with Crystal Dreamer ($41) three quarters of a length away third.

She recorded a sizzling 1.01.93, a race record, breaking Miss Kournikova’s 2001 mark.

It was only 0.2 outside Here De Angel’s course record.

PIPPIE the flyin' filly wins it! pic.twitter.com/241vUq3eJX

“I can’t tell you how much it means to me,” Meech said. “I’ve been starving myself for the last month. I wanted to do it properly and everything fell into place. There’s been a lot of long running, walking and not a lot of food.”.

Meech said all the credit should go to apprentice Jess Eaton, who has been riding Pippie in trackwork. “She’s been telling me how confident she was. She was a great ride and I only did the fun part.”

The win also gave the training partnership of father and son John and Chris Meagher their first Group 1 winner together and Chris his first ever.

Pippie won the Oakleigh Plate in race-record time. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

John has had a long and successful career that included training What A Nuisance to win the 1985 Melbourne Cup. He had a successful stint in Singapore before he returned to Australia in 2016.

Chris Meagher said Meech followed his instructions to a tee.

“I told Linda, handlebars down from the moment the gates open,” Meagher said. “She’s just pure speed and fresh she’s extra special.”

Meagher said he was likely to freshen Pippie up for the William Reid Stakes (1200m) at The Valley on March 19.

Meagher said when they realised Pippie’s regular rider Ben Melham couldn’t make the weight of 52kg they looked at three or four jockeys. “Ben and her owners choose Linda Meech as she’s a great front running rider.”

Pippie’s win also provided a big windfall for one TAB punter turned $1 into $55,146.50 after landing the first 4 in the Oakleigh Plate.




Aktau defied the betting drift to land the money in the Keno Classic Handicap (2000 metres). The Michael Moroney-trained runner blew from $2.70 out to $3.70 at the jump as the rush of money came for the favourite, Just Benjamin ($2.25-$2.40). Jockey Jye McNeil had the gelding behind the leader Inverloch ($19) with the pair coming around its heels on the bend, overpowering the six-year-old in the shadows of the post. Future Score ($7.50) ran on through the inside lanes to grab third. Just Benjamin, which attracted over half the money, endured a tough trip and was fourth. Of the others, there were moves for Beau Balmain ($17-$12) and No Commitment ($23-$13) at a price.

BETS: Just Benjamin $2,000 @ $2.40, $1,500 @ $2.40, $3,500 @ $2.30, $2,000 @ $2.30, $1,200 @ $2.25, Aktau $1,200 @ $3.70, $1,000 e/w @ $3.70/$1.50, $1,000 @ $3.60, $1,000 x $3,000 e/w @ $3.60/$1.50


Adelaide Ace landed big bets when leading throughout in the Heritage Finance Autumn Classic (1800 metres). The son of Savabeel held 58 per cent of the total investment and was more than three times as popular as second pick in the market, Miami Bound ($2.60-$3.50) who it took favouritism off. Nonconformist ($8 on Wednesday and $5.50 today), was third best supported.

BETS: Adelaide Ace $1,000 @ $2.50 TWICE, $4,000 @ $2.40, $2,100 @ $2.40, $2,000 @ $2.40 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,500 @ $2.40, $1,360 @ $2.40, $1,000 @ $2.40 MULTIPLE TIMES


He’ll Haunt Us ($10-$11-$9) was specked at the each way odds in the Zedative Stakes (1200 metres). Sticking to the rails for the majority of the trip, Damien Oliver rode for luck and got it as the leader Sansom ($8) came off slightly and the pair were good enough to arrive in time to score. Spend ($5-$6) wound up third after racing outside the leader with the very popular Pandemic ($2.15-$2.40) coming the widest and just missing out on the placing in a tight finish. Pandemic was responsible for well over half the total investment.

BETS: He’ll Haunt Us $500 @ $11 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,000 @ $10, $1,500 @ $10, Spend $1,000 @ $6, $2,125 @ $5, $1,000 @ $5 TWICE, Pandemic $3,000 @ $2.30, $2,500 @ $2.30, $2,000 @ $2.30 TWICE, $1,500 @ $2.30, Express Pass $1,200 @ $6.50


Tim Clark took the bull by the horns in the Premier Signs Mannerism Stakes (1400 metres). Shooting Greysful Glamour straight to the front, he rated the Mark Newnham-trained runner to perfection as the pair booted clear at the top of the straight, landing a nice move in the process. TAB Fixed Odds had her at $21 on Wednesday when markets opened and today saw her fluctuate from $10-$11-$9.50 late. Spanish Reef ($4.40-$4.80) was the most popular runner while Aristia ($5) had her usual admirers as did News Girl ($4.80).

BETS: Greysful Glamour $500 @ $11, $500 e/w @ $10/$2.80, $700 x $300 e/w @ $9.50/$2.70, Spanish Reef $1,000 @ $4.60 TWICE, $1,000 @ $4.40 TWICE, Neighbourhood $2,000 x $1,000 e/w @ $10/$2.90




The long range move for Streets Of Avalon paid off in the Group One PFD Food Services Futurity Stakes (1400 metres). Opening the day at $17 on TAB Fixed Odds, consistent support throughout the day saw it firm into $9.50 at the jump. Super Seth jumped a $2.70 favourite while Melody Belle was a big drift, going $3.10 out to $4.20. Kolding ($3.20-$4.20) was another which was a drifter.

BETS: Super Seth $5,000 @ $2.70, $4,500 @ $2.70, $2,000 @ $2.70, Kolding $3,000 @ $4


Tagaloa was a drifter in betting when it came to the Blue Diamond Stakes (1200 metres). Michael Walker weaved a passage through along the inside, bursting through on Tagaloa ($18-$26) to hit the front midway down the straight and hold off all challengers to score. Hanseatic ($2.50-$2.90-$2.60) was a drifter for most of the day before a late rally saw it firm. It was responsible for 40 per cent of the money since the barrier draw earlier in the week. Letzbeglam ($6.50-$5.50-$6) had strong backing along with Rulership ($7) and those two were the best tried outside the fav.

BETS: Tagaloa $2,000 x $1,000 e/w @ $17/$4.20, $500 e/w @ $17/$4.20, Hanseatic $7,000 @ $2.70, $5,000 @ $2.70, $3,000 @ $2.70, $2,000 @ $2.70, $10,000 @ $1.40 PLACE, Letzbeglam $5,000 @ $6, $1,000 @ $5.50, Rulership $2,000 @ $7, $1,000 @ $7, Muntaseera $1,000 @ $10, Rathlin $1,000 @ $23


Despite attracting some good money throughout the day, Pippie was a drifter for the running of the Oakleigh Plate (1100 metres). It started the day at $8.50 on the third line of betting behind Bivouac and Anaheed, with the trio the only runners in single figures. Getting out to $11 at the jump, the mare was rated perfectly by Linda Meech with the pair leading throughout and defying a betting drift. Meech became the first female to ride an Oakleigh Plate winner. The big disappointment was bivouac ($2.80-$2.40) which went around as one of the most popular horses all day and held approximately eight times more money than the winner.

BETS: Bivouac $5,000 @ $2.60, $3,000 @ $2.60 TWICE, $2,000 @ $2.60 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,000 @ $2.40, $1,500 @ $2.40, $1,000 @ $2.40, Trope $1,600 @ $19, Pippie $1,000 @ $11, Anaheed $1,000 @ $6.50


All honours were with Miss Siska in the final event on the card – the Carlton Draught Peter Young Stakes (1800 metres). The Grahame Begg-trained mare sat outside the well fancied Odeon ($19-$11) and overpowered him on straight before holding off the finishing burst of Kings Will Dream to score. Miss Siska began the day at $4.40 and was pretty solid throughout the day, going around at $4.20 and holding a touch less than Kings Will Dream ($2.50-$3.10) and Regal Power ($3.40-$4-$3.90).

BETS: Miss Siska $1,000 @ $4.40, $2,200 @ $4.20, $1,000 @ $4.20, Odeon $3,000 @ $12, $1,000 @ $12, Regal Power $1,000 @ $4

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