Watch Live Racing FREE!
Sign-up now and Watch every Race Live and Free on your Phone!
Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Price Boosts, Racing Backups, Fluc Up!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Odds Boosts, Racing Offers, Massive MULTIS!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: Bruno Cannatelli
Grey Lion will look to breakthrough in Australia in Saturday's Pakenham Cup

Pakenham Cup hopeful Grey Lion is deep into his preparation but his trainer Matt Cumani believes the stayer is getting better with racing.

The imported Grey Lion is yet to win in Australia since his arrival last spring, but the six-year-old has been thereabouts lately with three placings and a fourth in his past four races.

Cumani is pressing ahead to Saturday’s Listed $250,000 Pakenham Cup (2500m) after Grey Lion’s third on a heavy track in the $300,000 Ballarat Cup (2200m) last Saturday week.

“He seems to really enjoy racing and I think that’s what I’ve learned from last preparation,” Cumani said.

“We never quite got him ready enough because we weren’t racing him enough and he hadn’t had enough runs by the time we sent him out.”

The Pakenham Cup will be Grey Lion’s eighth start this campaign and Cumani says he has come through the Ballarat run in fantastic order.

“I think he’s better than ever, to be honest,” he said.

“Obviously we’re going in with only two weeks between his last run and this run.

“We might be getting to a point in which he will need a little bit of a break but I think he’s in great shape at the moment, so why not try to sneak a Pakenham Cup.

“All being well, I think he should be able to put in a really good effort there.”

De Little Engine, a closing fourth in the Ballarat Cup, has top weight of 60kg with Grey Lion next on 59kg.

Ballarat Cup runner-up Oncidium Ruler (56.5kg) is also among the 16 nominations.

Cumani felt Grey Lion performed well at Ballarat but said it was an interesting run because he made ground quickly once Jordan Childs asked him to improve before the home turn from midfield.

He said that was unlike previous starts when Grey Lion took a while to wind up which was why Childs got going early.

“It didn’t work there because I think with the strong early pace and the heavy ground, he took off,” Cumani said.

“He seemed to really respond to the rider and in hindsight we probably went a bit too early.

“We’ll probably revert to our original plan at Pakenham and get him out near the front and get him rolling along.”

Featured News

Free List of the Best Racing Bets and Bonus Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Winx Stakes

The Winx Stakes will now become one of the feature WFA sprint to middle distance races each year in Australia. The race...

TAB records their biggest ever winning price

One lucky punter has kicked off their Wednesday with an incredible win from a 50c bet on the Mohawk trots....

Officers bust participants in Queensland raids

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission officers have found five trackwork riders tested positive to prohibited substances during a raid at the...

Avilius heads early odds for Winx Stakes

Multiple Group One winner Avilius has opened as the clear favourite in Saturday’s Winx Stakes at Randwick. Online bookmaker Sportsbet...

Marmelo’s odds slashed to win Melbourne Cup 2019

After taking out the Group 2 Prix Kergorlay at Deauville in France overnight, Marmelo is now a $15 TAB equal...

Update on Robbie Griffiths after brain surgery

Australian Trainers’ Association President Robbie Griffiths is resting comfortably after undergoing a longer than expected operation on a brain aneurysm....

Mystic Journey too good in PB Lawrence Stakes

Trainer Adam Trinder felt a sense of relief after Mystic Journey made a winning return in the PB Lawrence Stakes...

Colic rules Melbourne Cup contender out of spring

UK import Lord Belvedere will miss the this years Spring Racing Carnival after suffering a colic attack late last month....

Crowd favourite Jungle Edge banned from racing

Crowd favourite Jungle Edge has been banned from racing for three months after bleeding from both nostrils at Flemington today....

Jamie Kah lashes out at British racing industry

Group One winning Australian jockey Jamie Kah has hit out at the British racing industry calling it ‘backwards’ in regards...

Group One-winning Sydney trainer banned

Trainer Tim Martin has been disqualified for six months on an improper action charge relating to the purchase of a...

Jockey gets off light for seriously dangerous incident

Boy did the s… hit the fan in South Africa last night. In footage that was shades of the most...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

Copyright © 2019 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.