Defibrillate opens account in style17 Aug 2019

The Graham Richardson-trained Defribillate sprang a bit of an upset when he came off the pace to snare the $10,000 Melbourne Cup at Te Rapa 5th November (Maiden) over 1600 metres on Saturday.

First-up from a three-month spell, the son of Shocking was handy to the lead right away under jockey Trudy Thornton tracking favourite Because until presenting themselves at the 200m mark and drove away over the final 50 metres to score a comfortable length victory over Because (C. Grylls) with Drake Bay (V. Colgan) one and three quarters of a length back in third.
“He’s a really nice horse. He could have a bright future as a stayer,” Trudy Thornton said.
“We got in a nice spot, we got a nice drag off the favourite (Because) and it worked out nice,” Thornton added.

Defibrillate’s winning time was 1:39.89 (last 600m in 37.86) on a Slow9 track.

“He’s a nice horse but still got a lot to learn, but he’s getting there,” trainer Graham Richardson said.
The now five-year-old was sent out at long odds ($19) after being well supported in his first start back in May.
“He just got flattened on his debut. I thought before the race, if he could run a place, I’d be rapt. He hadn’t had a run for a long time and stepping up to a mile but he’s bred to go over ground.”
“We’ll probably go through the grades from here,” Richardson said.
Richardson is also part-owner/breeder along with McInteer Family Syndicate.