Burger Time takes out 2019 $120,000 XXXX Gold Bunbury Cup

In a race for the ages, bay gelding Burger Time ($41) launched an extraordinary comeback to claim victory in this year's XXXX Gold Bunbury Cup. 

Owners, trainers, riders, and punters came together for an exciting day of racing action on Sunday, March 10. 

The main event - the biggest race in the South West - saw 13 entrants go head-to-head over 2000 metres, all vying for the $70,800 top prize.

Burger Time settled in last place shortly after leaving the barrier.

He and rider Clint Johnston-Porter made some ground, moving up to ninth at the 800-metre mark and sixth at the final turn. 

Spurred on by Johnston-Porter and the crowd, Burger Time sped away from the field on the home straight. 

Burger Time's owners were shocked, after the bay gelding crossed three-quarters-of-a-length in front of second-placed He's A Parker and one length ahead of Cappo D'Oro. 

Collecting the Cup, trainer Aaron Bazeley gave thanks to Johnston-Porter, Burger Time's owners, and everyone at the Bunbury Turf Club.

The final race of the day, the $19,000 Amelia Park Handicap, saw race favourite Cristal Dane ($3.70) and rider Alan Kennedy secure the $11,210 first prize. 

The bay filly sat in the middle of the field past the turn, before moving up on the straight. 

Cristal Dane edged out second-placed Friar's Fancy by just half a head. 

Rider Peter Hall led Kieran McDonagh-trained Cockney Crew ($5.50) to a decisive win in the 1675m 3yo+ MGIB Handicap. 

Leaping out from the barrier, the chestnut gelding remained in front from start to finish.

Cockney Crew, composed over the 1675m, crossed a full five-and-three-quarter lengths ahead of Spiritual Warrior. 

Residing in the middle of the field throughout the event, race favourite Vinaceous - from New Zealand - finished fourth.

Race favourite Bedouin Belle ($1.70) and jockey Jason Whiting scored a narrow victory in the $19,000 William Barrett and Sons Vase earlier in the day.  

In sixth at the turn, the grey-bay filly did enough to cross half-a-head in front of Lindsey Smith-trained Duck Duck Goose. 

On Wednesday, March 6, the legendary Damien Oliver and Archernar Star ($4.80) took out the $120,000 Amelia Park Bunbury Stakes. 

Thundering down the straight, the chestnut gelding went on to finish three-quarters-of-a-length in front of Tellem We're Comin. 

Oliver joined Archernar Star's owners on the podium, in celebration of an impressive victory. 

Bunbury Turf Club will host this year's Bull and Bush Tavern Cup Day on Sunday, March 24. 

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