Glen Boss will look to secure his second country cup in the space of a week when he is legged about joint favourite More Than Sacred in Wednesday’s Geelong Cup. Boss partnered the kiwi mare in last Sunday week’s Cranbourne Cup where the pair finished quickly to run neck third to Mourinho before, five days late, Boss claimed the Moe Cup with Count Of Limonade. More Than Sacred shares favouritism for Wednesday’s G3 feature with Sertorius and Zanbagh in what is shaping up as a very competitive renewal of the race that in the past decade, It all makes for a great edition of the Geelong Cup, a race that in past decade has been a good pointer to the Melbourne Cup with Americain, Dunaden, Media Puzzle all winning the double whilst Bauer and On Jeune fell just short in their attempt to join the club.
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1. SERTORIUS – R Maloney (11) 58kgs
Has been struggling to produce his best this time in from three runs, the most recent of which saw him run ninth (5.8 lengths) behind Fawkner in the WFA Caulfield Stakes (2000m) after sitting handier to the speed than normal. His only start outside of WFA this year resulted in him running third to The Offer in the Sydney Cup (3200m), similar weight conditions here coupled with his record at or beyond 2400m on dry tracks, should see him back in the mix here.
2. SHOREHAM – C Symons (10) 55kgs.
Second up from a spell, the Saab Hasan trained galloper did well to hold his ground behind impressive winner Kenjorwood to run seventh in an Open class (1700m) handicap before catching the eye finishing well from last and out wide, to run seventh again (5 lengths) to Lucia Valentina in the WFA G1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m). Form out of the race is excellent and the extended trip here with a weight drop of 4kgs, will the 5yo by Reset primed for a big race. The big track will suit and is sure to be finishing hard.
3. WISH COME TRUE – C Schofield (4) 54.5kgs
Drew the outside gate in a field of thirteen when contesting the G3 Newcastle Cup (2300m) two starts back where, despite being posted deep and on the pace throughout, the former Italian galloper stuck on tenaciously to run second (1.9 lengths) to Disclaimer. He then lined up in his first local G1 race when, as a 16/1 chance, he finished thirteenth behind Junoob in the Metropolitan Stakes. Better suited back to this grade, has drawn well but was beaten close to ten lengths last start and meets a competitive field here that will require the winner to run the trip right out.
4. ZANBAGH – M Payne (6) 54kgs
Worked home well last start, her third this campaign, first over a suitable journey and first outing for four weeks, when running third (2 lengths) to Commanding Time in the Benalla Cup (2046m). Last start has her well prepared for this event and she rounded out last preparation by splitting Rising Romance and Lucia Valentina in the G1 Australian Oaks (2400m), which looks outstanding form after Saturday’s Caulfield Cup. A lot to like about her chances here.
5. MORE THAN SACRED – G Boss (13) 54kgs
Big, big effort first up off a six month spell where the New Zealand mare, who is now with Robert Smerdon, pulled her way to the front and under 60kgs, boxed on strongly over the final stages of the 2000m trip to run fourth (2.9 lengths) behind Longeron. The 5yo daughter of More Than Ready took no harm from the run and was finishing hard at her next and only run since, to run a neck behind in-form Mourinho in the Cranbourne Cup (2025m). Tough mare who although has drawn poorly, will be a big threat here over the 2400m on a big track.
6. LIKE A CAROUSEL – C Newitt (12) 54kgs
Good effort second up to win the Listed Harry White (2400m) just over three weeks ago, closing well from midfield to defeat Mulaqen – who won Tatts’ Cup at Randwick on Saturday, by a widening 1.5 lengths. Will have taken further improvement off of that run and will stay all day but step up in grade here, with only 0.5kgs less than last start, and has come up a bit short at his previous attempts at this level. Drawn wide and would be happy to risk.
7. MARKSMANSHIP – K McEvoy (1) 54kgs
Found a nice spot in the run from a good draw on the leader’s back when contesting the G3 Bart Cummings (2520m) at his fourth run in this campaign, but just had to wait and then work for a run before running second (2.5 lengths) to Who Shot Thebarman. Drawn to take up a prominent position again and will stay all day however, this is the toughest field he has faced in Australian and some proven challengers will be coming hard the final furlong.
8. CARAVAN ROLLS ON – C Williams (2) 54kgs
Won the Listed Sandown Cup (3200m) just short of a year ago but he has only had two runs in the past six weeks since. Not surprisingly, just held his ground first up over a mile before jumping straight up to the 2400m of the Listed Harry White at Sandown three weeks ago, where he again held his position in the run home, finishing fifth (3.8 lengths) behind Like A Carousel. Fitter again and likely to secure a cheap run from a handy draw.
9. CORREGGIO – D Holland (7) 54kgs
Given three weeks off after he failed to make an impression from the back of the field when second to last in Flemington Open (1700m) behind Brambles, his second poor effort in as many starts. Bounced back at his most recent start though with a vastly improved second (1 length) to Commanding Time (Zanbagh third) in the Benalla Cup (2046m). Steps up in class and needs to string a couple of good efforts together to before warranting selection in a race like this.
10. OMINOUS – D Dunn (9) 54kgs
Hard to see this 6yo gelding from the Nigel Blackiston yard running a forward race given his recent performances. He finished last of eleven second up at Flemington over 1700m behind Brambles and the same position, and over sixteen lengths, from The Cleaner in the JRA Cup (2040m) last start.
11. ALI VITAL – D Gauci (5) 54kgs
Ran a better race than his quote of 25/1 would suggest when sixth (2 lengths) behind Mourinho in the Cranbourne Cup (2025m) last start. That was the 5yo son of Yamamin Vital third start this prep and he should have no problem with an extra 400m given some of his previous performances, which includes a second to Like A Carousel over 2500m however, it’s the class of this race probably will.
12. PRETTY BLONDE – D Yendall (3) 54kgs
Got a long way back in last week’s Moe Cup (2050m) and only battled home on the slow track to run seventh (six lengths) to Count Of Limonade. This year’s Darwin Cup winner will find this race not easier however and would expect the 6yo mare to struggle again in a good company.
13. WALTZING TO WIN – B Claridge (8) 54kgs
Lightly raced 5yo mare who has had a dip at some of the better staying races in her past couple of outings but been well accounted for on both occasions. She fought on well from a handy position to run fourth (3.6 lengths) to Who Shot Thebarman in the G3 Bart Cummings before finishing eighth (6 lengths) behind Big Memory in the G2 Herbert Power (2400m), after getting every chance in the run. Will need to lift considerably on that run to be winning here.
RACE OVERVIEW –
Competitive edition of the Geelong Cup with several legitimate chances. Going with two who’ll get back in the run but who both showed last start, over 2000m, that they’ll appreciate the 2400m trip and the big Geelong circuit. More Than Sacred’s two runs for Smerdon since coming from across the Tasman, where her last run saw her run third to Who Shot Thebarman in the G1 Auckland Cup (3200m) have been real eye-catching efforts. Boss is one of the best over the staying trips and he’ll negotiate a bath home from there, just has he did with Count Of Limonde who draw very wide in a big field. Shoreham’s last start reads very well for this. He made good ground in a race when not many did, drops to a handicap and steps up to 2400m – all positives. He represents good each-way value at $9.00. Sertorius and Caravan Rolls On next best for mine.
- MORE THAN SACRED
- CARAVAN ROLLS ON