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Australian Racing: Melbourne bid for Tofane

Tofane will bid to gain a first Group 1 success in Melbourne on Saturday when she tackles the C.F. Orr Stakes at Caulfield.

Currently a 6/1 shot for the contest, trainer Mike Moroney is hoping the daughter of Ocean Park can overcome a difficult barrier draw in eight.

Right distance for Tofane

The Group 1 contest is run over Tofane's preferred trip of 1400 metres, a distance that has seen her win the All-Aged Stakes, The Stradbroke Handicap and the Tatt's Tiara.

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Last seen when finishing seventh in the Empire Rose Stakes over 1600 metres, Moroney is confident that he has the six-year-old in good shape for her return.

"She's dappled up in the coat and she's usually better in the autumn we find," Moroney told RSN.

"A lot of mares are after the spring, so I'm hoping she will find her best form, which she would have to to win this race, I would think.

"She's better with cover. It would be nice to get some, but I can see it will be hard from that draw, but I'm sure we've got the right rider (Mark Zahra) to do it and she is proven at weight-for-age."

Familiar rivals for the Futurity

Moroney said Tofane will head to the Group 1 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield on 26th February after this weekend's contest and she is 10/1 to win.

Defending champion Probabeel is 5/1, with I'm Thunderstruck, also running on Saturday, 3/1, having beaten Tofane at Caulfield in October's Hyland Race Colours Toorak Handicap.

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