His owner screamed from the grandstand, "Oh my God, oh my God," several times as she watched her 100-1 chance Tears I Cry charge down the middle of the Flemington track to take out the Aus$1million Emirates Stakes over a mile on Nov. 10.
Anne McGrath was shaken and stirred after watching the horse she bred and got up at 3 a.m. the night he was born to help deliver him.
By the Victorian-based stallion Lacryma Cristi (Green Desert-L'Anno D'Oro, by Habitat) the 5-year-old gelding Tears I Cry created history by landing the win and giving his rider Nikita Beriman her first group I win. It was also the first time in Flemington's storied history that a woman had ridden a group I winner.
Tears I Cry (Lacryma Cristi-Cassazione, by Salieri) steamed down the center of the track to grab a 0.75-length victory in a finish no one will ever forget. In one of the biggest upsets in a major Australian race ever, Beriman brought the bottom-weighted Tears I Cry (for young 26-year-old trainer Ciaron Maher) home full of running to defeat equally unheralded 8-year-old gelding Bird Dancer (Hennessy-Be Yourself, by Noalcoholic) who also charged home down the outside at 90-1.
They were followed by the Shinzig (Danehill-Shindig, by Straight Strike) who started at 80-1. Tears I Cry (homebred by owner McGrath, whose father Leo Dwyer purchased the gelding’s dam Cassazione for just $4,000 at the 1998 Inglis June Sale) took his record to six wins and five placings (including last month’s group II Jayco Crystal Mile over 1600 meters at Moonee Valley) from 14 starts for Aus$700,700 earnings.
The prices were made big because of the presence of top 3-year-old Weekend Hussler, the raging hot favorite, who was having his first crack at older company and having his third start within 20 days. He raced on the speed and hit the front at the two furlong mark but wilted to finish mid field, looking tired and in need of a spell.