Aryaaf won the first race of Melbourne Cup Day, the Darley Ottawa Stakes, ridden to victory by jockey Luke Nolan over Muntaseera and Marchena to round out the top three.
The two-year-old bay filly was making her racing debut after being trained by Hayes and Dabernig, and has gotten her career off to the right start with a win on Australia’s biggest day for racing.
Muntaseera entered the race as the favourite, but Aryaaf sprinted clear down the straight to take the victory. Marchena picked up third in a photo finish ahead of La Girl.
Flemington Race 1 result