Speedy Kova Monelli upsets fancies to break hoodoo

Ellanda Hobby and trainer David Hobby with Kova Monelli.
Ellanda Hobby and trainer David Hobby with Kova Monelli.

The David Hobby-trained chaser last won in a heat of the Summer Chase in mid-February and he was expected to struggle from box eight against a field that included Galaxy finalist and $1.20 favourite Ash Flash.

Kova Monelli, however, jumped straight to the lead.

Ash Flash was well back early and although she came home hard, she could only manage third.

In other racing, Minion took out the Silver Sands Resort Grade 1/2 over 405m.

The blue dog from Ernie Alldrick’s kennels conceded the early lead to Need A Seatbelt, but was able to take control of the race.

Need A Seatbelt came again in the home straight, but Minion held on to score by three-quarters of a length in 22.65sec.