World News – AU – AFL PM’s two-time coach Pagan claims stunner in $ 2million Derby


And, making things even sweeter, Pagan himself owns the gelding, having bought it for just $ 50,000, which means he will pocket the first-place prize of around $ 1 2 millions!

Inexperienced jockey Lachlan King was the man above the winning trio of the 2,500m race for the stayers – the rider’s very first win in Group 1 Hit the Shot came in second ahead of favorite Young Werther

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Pagan is an AFL icon, having coached North Melbourne to prime ministerial positions in 1996 and 1999, after spending 120 games at the club

Ironically, one of his coaching tactics was dubbed ‘Pagan’s Paddock,’ centered around creating space for superstar forward Wayne Carey during his time at the club

When asked how it was compared to winning an AFL Grand Final, a shocked Pagan said: « It’s ten times better a minute »

« It’s an amazing feeling I thought it was low key, I handled it well Had a nice lunch yesterday, probably too much to drink, and I didn’t expect it »

Johnny Get Angry finished three times in the top four for Pagan at Flemington ahead of the big race, but was a $ 26 underdog

Winning jockey Lachie King said, “To be honest I can’t thank him enough (Pagan) He was the best thing that ever happened to me in my career You know I wasn’t doing too well he six years ago This horse is fair – six months ago This horse kept me awake in the morning, it was so easy and I can’t explain the feeling It’s amazing « 

Chris Waller claimed a trio of wins at Flemington, including two in Group 1, while Colette took home the $ 7.5million Golden Eagle at Rosehill Gardens over 1,500m

Ashrun booked a spot in the Melbourne Cup after knocking out the Lexus Hotham Stakes from Group 3

Coming from the last place of the turn, Kerrin McEvoy led the horse trained by Andreas Wohler to victory over 2,500m, taking the top prize of $ 120,000, but most importantly a place in the big race next week

The #MelbourneCup dream is alive for Ashrun 🏆 From behind the field, Ashrun stormed home to Pip Sound on the line in the Lexus Hotham Stakes imageTwittercom / 9fEC4T8cQo

Craig Williams brought the stunning filly back first, to her second victory of the day September Run, the daughter of Exceed and Excel coached by Chris Waller, took home $ 4 – her third straight victory in the famous straight of Flemington

Damian Lane claimed his 22nd Group 1 victory over Chris Waller-trained Yulong Prince, a late show of strength that helped him defeat Cascadian, another contender struggling with a lack of recent wins

« I was pretty confident in the home turn, » Lane said, but admitted « I was lucky to hold out » ahead of Cascadian

Chris Waller has done it again, with Hugh Bowman bringing him home on the final day to give Waller a third win of the day

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