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Australian Racing: Cherry Tortoni targets Mildura Cup

We’ve six meetings for punters this Friday with the $100,000 Mildura Cup the feature race on the Mildura card.

Tortoni for Cup glory

The big race at MIldura comes up as the seventh race with the 1400m affair dominated by horses dropping down from metro racing.

Among them is Edison who was the winner of a Benchmark 100 event over 1400m on a soft 7 track at Caulfield earlier this month. Delivered his first victory in five starts this spell on that occasion and the front running tactics appeared to suit that day as he registered a first victory since December 2020.

However the selection here is Cherry Tortoni who shoulders top weight for trainer Patrick Payne having reaffirmed his liking for rain-softened surfaces when finishing a good third in the Winter Championship Handicap over this distance at Flemington early last month. Met interference at the start that day and with a good barrier draw in five is taken to register a second victory this spell having scored over 1600m in the Golden Mile at Bendigo at the start of April.

His jockey from Flemington Billy Egan has won four times on the gelding in the past and is taken to make it five on the son of Night Of Thunder.

Conquest to double up

Casrock has been competing in strong races than this since debuting with a victory by over six lengths in an 1100m maiden at Ipswich on a heavy 9 track back in May.

Latest start came when seventh in the Bruce McLachlan Classic on a heavy ten surface over 1000m at Sunshine Coast at the start of the month. While Beau Appo, on board for the fillies first two starts returns to the saddle here she looks opposable with preference for Flaming Conquest who broke her maiden when winning by half-a-length over 1000m on a heavy 10 track at Ipswich at the end of March.

Spelled since then she appeared to appreciate the step up in distance having debuted with a second over 900m at Gold Coast prior and is selected to complete a double in the second race on the Gatton card.

Shark to break maiden

The second race on the Tamworth race, a 1200m maiden is an intriguing affair with the newcomer Satay Chicken, a son of Iffraaj and Perseptina vying for favouritism.

There’s negatives with regards both of their chances and while the former has attracted market support he has a tough barrier to overcome here while Perseptina is another for whom the barrier draw could have been kinder.

Drawn four off the rail is Sharkosphere for trainer Krissie Simpkins with the mare having placed on two of her five previous starts including when a length second over 1300m in a maiden at Gunnedah earlier this month.

Jockey Billy Cray knows the mare well having ridden her in all three starts this spell and with the form of that Gunnedah race working out well Sharkosphere looks up to getting off the mark in this contest. 

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