Christmas Celebrated With Alcohol

The Inglis bonus did not go off but if you are an omen punter the trifecta would have been yours - Alcohol defeated Soaked and Upbeat!

Alcohol was the toast of Moonee Valley winning Friday night’s Inglis Bonus www.styletread Handicap for Adelaide trainer Richard Jolly.

On top of the lucrative $100,000 prize money, a $100,000 bonus would have been paid by Inglis to connections should the winner be nominated in the Inglis Race Series.

7 horses in the capacity field of 12 were eligible to receive the $100,000 Inglis Bonus where they were identified by wearing an Inglis blue saddlecloth.

A win in this race could have rewarded some lucky connections with up to $184,000 with the Inglis Bonus in addition to first place prize money and Super VOBIS bonuses on offer.

Alcohol wasn’t one of the 7 horses nominated, however, he was able to collect $30,000 in Super VOBIS bonuses.

“All the owners here tonight have really got to thank Richard Jolly and his team back in Adelaide,” part-owner Terry McEvoy said to

“Richard's had a lot of faith in the horse, I was a bit sceptical about bringing him over, I wasn't quite sure whether it was the right thing to do or not, but Richard knows best and tonight proved it.

“To win a (Super) VOBIS race like this is absolutely sensational.”

The son of Bianconi looks to be a strong stayer in the making. He was awkwardly positioned for most of the race but at the 400m mark Jockey Dean Yendall was able to get to the outside and let down impressively to win.

Alcohol was a $7 chance and stormed home to hold off Soaked and the pace maker Upbeat.

Jockey, Dean Yendall was impressed by Alcohol given his inexperience and is confident he will go on to win better races in the future.

“In the run I was happy enough but he had a look around,” he said. “He's still a maiden and still new to it, so I just had to give him a couple of backhanders to remind him I wanted him to go a bit better than he was going at that moment.

“He kept switching off so he's probably going to be better over further again and he did a really good job when I asked for a really good effort.”

Alcohol’s win was the first leg of a running double for the Adelaide raider Richard Jolly.

Draw Forward was victorious carrying 59kg to win the $50,000 Simpsons Constructions Handicap for Jolly.

A promising daughter of Charge Forward, Draw Forward continued her unbeaten streak this preparation making it 3 wins from as many starts.

In the eighth heat of the Essendon Mazda 55 Second Challenge, Yendall steered Rapidement to victory.

The speedy grey clocked in at 55.90 seconds which was not fast enough to pass the current leader, Weekend Special’s time of 55.51 seconds.

The Essendon Mazda 55 Second Challenge offers the Trainer of the horse who clocks the fastest time over 955m a Mazda BT 50 valued at $55,000.

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