Don’t Blush Baby in the pink af­ter greys win

The Cairns Post - - SPORT - SCOTT GULLAN

A HORSE named af­ter Chris Gayle’s in­fa­mous quip has taken out the an­nual Oaks Day greys race.

The West In­dian star bats­man was ban­ished from the Big Bash af­ter an awk­ward in­ter­view with re­porter Mel McLaugh­lin where he asked her out for a drink and then added: “Don’t blush, baby”.

While that might not have gone ac­cord­ing to plan, the horse of the same name gave noth­ing else a chance in the Off The Track Subzero Hand­i­cap (1400m), lead­ing all the way down the Flem­ing­ton straight. The Henry Dwyer-trained fiveyear-old brought up its third win from 10 starts af­ter be­ing well backed late into $7.

Don’t Blush Baby was pre­vi­ously pre­pared by dis­graced trainer Robert Smer­don but was trans­ferred to fel­low Caulfield trainer Dwyer although it has spent most of its time down at his new St Leonard’s prop­erty near Gee­long.

While the horse raced in West­ern Bull­dogs colours there was a North Mel­bourne el­e­ment with mid­fielder Shaun Hig­gins in the own­er­ship.

The win was a re­lief for jockey James McDon­ald who’d run sec­ond, third and fourth in the first three races.

“It’s funny how it turns. I ac­tu­ally thought I won the first (race),” McDon­ald said. “This horse (Don’t Blush Baby) had to lead and took the bull by the horns and ran re­ally well.”

The heav­ily backed favourite An­daz grabbed third with Our Girl Silke sec­ond.

Pic­ture: GETTY IM­AGES

FRONT RUN­NER: Don't Blush Baby, rid­den by James McDon­ald, wins the Off The Track Subzero Hand­i­cap dur­ing Oaks Day at Flem­ing­ton.

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