Ringin’ Bells after big win

Neerim Junction trainer Gerry O'Keefe is "living the dream" after winning the Sandown Cup.

Neerim Junction trainer Gerry O'Keefe is "living the dream" after winning the Sandown Cup.

Bells Are Ringin caused one of the biggest upsets in group racing history when she defeated the country's best stayers in the Sandown Cup on Thursday night.

Sent to the boxes the 50/1 outsider, Bells Are Ringin began well to cross to the rail and lead the field through the first turn. From there she was never headed, finding the line two lengths clear of Who Dey in 42.02.

For Neerim Junction trainer Gerry O'Keeffe - just two years returned from a 28-year absence from the sport - the win was the thrill of a life time.

"I thought this would be a great night for her to jump," he said.

"She did, and cleared them by a whisker and crossed to the rails.

The dog is owned by a local syndicate from Longwarry.

The Sandown Cup was Bells Are Ringin's 16th victory from 39 starts, and the $175,000 winner's cheque catapulted her winnings beyond $259,000.


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