It was a night for roughies in the three Group 1s staged at The Meadows on Saturday night, with two of the feature event winners paying cricket score odds.
The biggest upset was in the Group 1 Macro Meats Zoom Top (725m) with Cheetah Zorro taking out the race and paying $44.60.
Trained by Rob Britton, Cheetah Zorro trailed Benarkin for much of the race before taking the lead in the latter stages to record a 42.89 win. The race favourite Dyna Kayla pipped a tiring Benarkin for second, while Destini Fireball finished fourth.
The upsets continued in the next Group 1 - the Macro Meats Rookie Rebel (600m) - with the Andrea Dailly trained Hawk Alone winning at $22.40.
Jumping from box eight, Hawk Alone used the draw to perfection to stalk the early leader General Destini, before pulling away for a 34.65 win, with Spirited Flame flashing home for second and General Destini holding on for third.
In the final Group 1 - the Macro Meats Temlee (525m) - Western Australian chaser Zelemar Fever ($5.40) defeated a hot field of sprinters in a blanket finish to take out the $100,000-to-the-winner feature.
Trained by Linda Britton, Zelemar Fever duked it out with Paw Licking throughout the race and used the rail to his advantage in the home straight to defeat Kel Greenough-trained chaser by half a length, with Peter Rocket in third.
The Group 1 racing continues at The Meadows this Saturday with heats of the Group 1 Australian Cup and Group 1 Super Stayers.
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