World News – AU – AFL legend coaches Victoria Derby winner


Denis Pagan has a Victoria Derby to go with two first AFL positions after leading Johnny Get Angry to an unlikely victory in one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious races

An important day for the turf calendar, Pagan became the toast of the racing world just weeks after opening a stable with a small team of horses

Pagan led North Melbourne to prime minister glory in 1996 and 1999, but that success couldn’t even prepare the former coach for a unique double in Australian sport

« It’s 10x better a minute, I can tell you that, » Pagan said when asked to compare the great final glory to the Derby victory

As one of the underdogs, Johnny Get Angry was dismissed as a legitimate chance on the grounds that he didn’t have the class to match the $ 2 million race

But just like his coach in his prime as an AFL coach, Johnny Get Angry has a pragmatic attitude to competition

Also owned by Pagan, Johnny Get Angry ($ 21) exhausted his opposition in a muddled race affair and was the strongest when he planned to retire under apprentice jockey Lachlan King

The three-year-old gelding was a young girl in the race, but he became one of Australia’s brightest talents by beating Hit The Shot ($ 7) by a length

For someone with a reputation for being an uncompromising, uncompromising coach, Pagan was stunned with the outcome after turning to training in July

The 73-year-old confessed modest success as an owner before deciding to take a hands-on approach

« I thought I was pretty low key yesterday and had a good lunch and maybe a little too much to drink

The Derby took place in a desert Flemington as COVID-19 protocols drove away a crowd that can often reach 100,000 on the first day of the Melbourne Cup carnival

This was one of four groups decided and in a race meant to make the fastest colt a highly desirable stallion, the Coolmore Stud Stakes was won by a filly

The September race ($ 4) was one of the favorites, but not for the first time in recent history a woman spoiled the party in Australia’s most anticipated spring competition for three sprinters years

Trained by Chris Waller, she kept an unbeaten record on Flemington’s straight course to beat another filly in three-quarter-length Swat’s That ($ 7.50)

Gai Waterhouse coached his 144th Group 1 winner and Damien Oliver made his 121st when Shout The Bar won the Empire Rose Stakes

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World news – UA – AFL legend coaches Victoria Derby winner



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