Ballack takes out Tatts Cup

Lightly-raced stayer Ballack will head towards the Melbourne spring carnival after winning the Group 3 Tattersalls Cup on protest at Eagle Farm.

Ballack was second past the post, a short head behind Fast Future in the $200,000 2200m feature, but his jockey Stephen Baster protested citing interference at the 150m and stewards took little time in upholding the objection.

Baster told stewards Fast Future bumped Devastating passing the 150m and that horse in turn came into heavy contact with Ballack causing his mount to turn sideways and lose momentum.

Stewards reversed the placings and Ballack ($6.50) was declared the winner with Fast Future ($31) second and game galloper Rampant Lion ($4.40 fav) a neck away third.

"It cost me at least a long neck, maybe more," Baster told chief steward Reid Sanders.

"I was coming back at him on the line, it took me three or four strides to get Ballack balanced up after the bump and I would have clearly beaten Fast Future in another stride."

Sanders said the interference Ballack sustained cost the horse more than the short head margin.

"It's the stewards' opinion that passing the 150 metres mark, Fast Future shifted in and bumped Devastating which then came into contact with Ballack and impeded that horse's momentum," Sanders said.

"The interference cost Ballack more than the winning margin and therefore stewards uphold the protest."

Fast Future's trainer Russell Cameron was furious after the decision.

"That's a disgrace, he (Baster) never stopped riding the horse for one stride, that is ludicrous," he said.

For winning trainer Danny O'Brien, Fast Future's win was the first leg of a feature double with the Victorian back in the winner's circle 40 minutes later when Absolute Glam scored in the Group One Winter Stakes.

O'Brien said Ballack was likely to back up in the Caloundra City Cup at the SunshineCoast next Saturday before spelling to be aimed at the feature spring carnival races.

"I'll see how he pulls up in the next few days but he'll probably go to Caloundra and then head to the paddock," O'Brien said.

"He's a lightly-raced horse and he'll improve with the break and be a better horse next time in."

By AAP Racing.

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