Pravda, the mare which stopped the race that stops a nation when stage fright resulted in her late scratching from the 2000 Melbourne Cup, finally has a Flemington win thanks to her High Chaparral-sired son, strong stayer The Good Fight.

The O’Sullivan brothers, jockey Lance and trainer Paul, had their Melbourne Cup dream become a nightmare when Pravda’s nerves got the better of here ahead of the 2000 edition, standing her ground near the winning post on her way to the barriers and causing Racing Victoria stewards to delay the start for several minutes before their patience expired.

Neither Pravda nor any of her 10 offspring to race had won at Flemington before The Good Fight, which had finished 10th of 13 in The Bart Cummings of 2019 on his only previous start at the famous venue, secured Saturday’s Flemington Cup 1849 for the combination of Ben Melham and Michael Moroney.

A $300,000 buy from the 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale, The Good Fight has won five of his 32 races on both sides of the Tasman Sea, banked more than $320,000 in prizemoney and notched one victory at Group Three level.

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