HE made his now trademark strong charge down the home straight, but the extra ground Our Uncle Sam was forced to cover in the final stages of Saturday night’s Ballarat Cup meant he was unable to sneak into the placings.
The Chris Frisby trained, Anthony Frisby driven gelding had to contend with a tough barrier 10 draw in the 2,710 metres Group 1 feature.
Though his second placing in the Inter Dominion Grand Final, when he flew home from the rear, meant he was still rated a winning chance, this time the task was too tall for Our Uncle Sam ($8.90).
He settled one out and four back, which meant Our Uncle Sam not only had ground to make up in the final stages when the horses ahead of him were lifting the tempo, but was forced wide as well.
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He peeled four wide through the final turn and motored home after balancing, but could not catch the frontrunners in the $110,000 classic.
He finished 4.5m behind victor Thefixer in fifth, but Anthony Frisby could not fault the effort of the stable star.
“He went super, he was just a bit too far back,” Anthony Frisby said. “He hit the line super.”