Progressive mare Riverina Cyclone has risen to just about each problem Matt Laurie has put in entrance of her this preparation and the Mornington coach believes she will do it once more Friday’s Listed Albury Gold Cup (2000m).
Laurie will deliver his daughter of Frosted up from his Mornington base for the $200,000 characteristic in profession finest kind after his gifted mare added some essential black kind to her resume final begin at Morphettville.
Riverina Cyclone produced her finest efficiency to this point with a slender second to Farooq within the Listed Premier’s Plate (2019m) with Laurie assured she’s greater than able to going one higher this time.
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The stylish mare is owned by connections with hyperlinks to the area and will declare one of many Riverina area’s largest racing prizes which comes with golden ticket into the $2 million Huge Dance at Royal Randwick later this yr.
“It seems to be like a pleasant race for her,” Laurie mentioned.
“The highest weight Mankayan seems to be nicely positioned however it’s carrying 5.5kg extra and this mare is simply beginning to hit her straps so we’ll give it a go.
“It is a crucial race being Listed stage, it’s a giant deal up in Albury and it’s a qualifier for the Huge Dance so it’s all fairly interesting to move there.
“There are just a few of the fellows within the horse which have connections to the realm so I’m positive will probably be a great time out for them.”
The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Mankayan is the equal $3.40 TAB favorite for the Albury Cup alongside Robert Hickmott’s Beltoro.
Riverina Cyclone sits on the fourth line of betting at $8.50 Jake Duffy set to pilot the mare for the primary time.
Laurie had additionally accepted with Riverina Cyclone within the Rubaroc Grand Handicap Basic (2000m) at Flemington on Saturday however confirmed the four-year-old would head to the border as an alternative.
The Mornington conditioner has Riverina Cyclone racing on an upwards spiral with three wins already this time in as nicely her Listed putting final begin at Morphettville.
She has been given a six-week clean up within the lead as much as her crack on the characteristic Cup.
“I believe she is in good order,” Laurie mentioned
“She is absolutely relishing the 2000m journey and if she will produce an identical run to what she did in Adelaide then she shall be proper.
“She goes in just a few weeks between runs, beforehand she has had a few runs with a 4 week hole and has run very well so she appears to be having fun with that hole between runs.
“She has simply taken some time to come back alongside, she is a giant lean mare.”
The Cup card is supported by the operating of the $80,000 Jayco Albury Guineas (1400m) the place the John Thompson-trained Bundeena ($2) will go searching for a hat-trick of wins to begin this preparation.
The $75,000 Naughtin Improvement Group Flat Knacker (900m) is the ultimate occasion of the two-day carnival with locally-trained galloper Sparring ($3.80) favorite to offer coach Ron Stubbs a memorable afternoon.
Cliff Home is the $4.20 favorite within the ultimate characteristic, the $50,000 Lexus Of Wodonga Nation Magic Class 3 (1500m).
PERRETT HAS JOUSTING READY TO LANCE HER RIVALS AT WELLINGTON
Passion coach Jacob Perrett has obtained Jousting again on observe this preparation along with his constant performer now nicely poised to get her well-earned reward at Wellington on Friday.
Perrett is a breaker by commerce however works a handful of horses of his personal and Jousting has been certainly one of his prime performers in latest occasions.
The Helmet gelding will chase his fourth win for the steady when Perrett travels to the west of NSW for the Over The Line Racing Iron Horse Benchmark 66 Handicap (2400m).
“I undoubtedly assume he can run nicely,” Perrett mentioned.
“Jake (Pracey-Holmes) is aware of him nicely, rides him nicely and he has received on him earlier than.”
Jousting takes on 9 rivals on Friday together with a pair of Greg Hickman-trained gallopers (Insider Dealer and Personal Detective) in addition to Michael Mulholland’s Radegast.
Jousting is a tried horse that began his profession in Victoria with Mandy Shillito earlier than becoming a member of Perrett halfway via 2021.
The gelding received three of his first six begins for the coach however struggled to make the when he returned for a second preparation beneath Perrett’s care halfway via final yr.
Since coming back from a spell on New 12 months’s Day, Jousting has steadily enhance in 5 runs this preparation and involves Wellington having completed a slender runner up at Port Macquarie final begin over 1800m on February 27.
“This preparation he’s come again in good kind after just a few issues went unsuitable final time,” Perrett mentioned.
“These races are laborious to search out in order that’s why we’ve gone to Wellington and why he hasn’t gone round in just a few weeks however he’s making ready for a few racing round dwelling.
“I wish to run him within the Mornington Prelude (April 4) after which Mornington (April 21) on Tamworth Cup Day.”
Friday’s assembly is a heat up for Sunday’s huge card at Wellington headlined by the $200,000 Wellington Boot (1100m) and the $100,000 Wellington Cup (1700m) with the latter providing Huge Dance eligibility to the winner.
A capability discipline of 14 two-year-olds in addition to two emergencies accepted for the Boot on Thursday whereas 12 contenders stay within the operating for the Cup.
Initially revealed as Albury previews: Coach Matt Laurie assured his in-form mare can declare Gold Cup