Brunton in Raptures

Jul 12, 2015

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Despite an impressive overall record, Royal Rapture hadn’t won a big race until Sunday’s $40,000 Sizzling Open Classic in Launceston.

“He’s been placed in a lot of good races but, until now, his biggest single collect was the $18,000 he got for his second in the Newmarket,” trainer Scott Brunton said.

Royal Rapture finished strongly to beat the old warrior Geegees Blackflash by a half head and bring up the ninth win of his 28-start career. Despite his lack of big wins, the five-year-old has now earned almost $200,000.

“When he’s on song, he’s a very good horse,” Brunton said. “It was a super effort today to run down Geegees Blackflash carrying only 2.5 kilograms less. He was badly treated under this weight scale.”

The win completed a treble for jockey David Pires. Siggy Carr said that Geegees Blackflash was gallant in defeat.

“It was a fantastic effort — I thought he was going to win at the top of the straight,” Carr said. “He gave a massive kick.”