Race 1 - 11:15AM TAB BENCHMARK 75 Handicap (1600 METRES)
1st - Red Colour - Les Ross - Les Tilley
2nd - Fabulonh - Heathcote-Anderson Racing - Dale Smith
3rd - Mymming - Stuart Kendrick - Jim Orman
A frontrunning masterclass from journeyman jockey Les 'Bubba' Tilley helped the Les Ross-trained Red Colour claim the opener on Doomben Cup day at the Brisbane Racing Club.
Tilley managed to claim some cheap mid-race sectionals before the Red Element mare found a strong kick in the straight to beat the Heathcote/Anderson-trained Fabulonh by two-and-three-quarter lengths.
It was a day of mixed fortunes for Tilley, who left Doomben after the opener to take four rides at Beaudesert.
Unfortunately, the 24-year-old and apprentice Adin Thompson were involved in a nasty fall in Race 3 and were transported to hospital for observation.
Tilley expects to be back riding at Rockhampton on Tuesday, pending a doctor's clearance, where he is set to partner smart two-year-old Master Jamie.
Prior to leving Doomben, Tilley said he was glad to be able to leave on a winning note, leaving memories of a narrow defeat aboard Spurcraft in last year's Chief De Beers Handicap behind him.
"I got beat a nose in the Chief De Beers last year so it's good to get a winner on Doomben Cup Day," he said.
"(Red Colour) got boxed in last start down the Gold Coast so I knew I had to go forward. They didn't hand up to me but she was good, strong and got the job done."
Ross said conditions today were made to suit and had no firm plans for her heading forward during the carnival.
“We were very fortunate they left us alone in front, she did a similar thing three starts back at eagle Farm and just got pipped on the post, so with the shorter Doomben straight and a little bit of give in the ground we were quietly confident," he said.
“She’s always appreciated that sting out of the ground the Soft 5 was spot on for her today.
“I said to 'Bubba' (Tilley) push her out and see if we can lead, we thought we might be posted second but it worked out even better.
“I was quite surprised the way she kicked that’s the most turn of foot I’ve seen out of her, if she can reproduce that I think I’ll scrap the 1800’s and keep her around the mile."
Well-supported favourite Sacred Day found itself near last as the field turned for home but finished well to run fourth.