The Daily Wrap

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Moroney hoping for three Cup runners

Mike Moroney will pay up with three runners for the G1 Sydney Cup, but is unsure Top Of The Range (NZ) (Savabeel) will join stablemates Sound (Ger) (Lando {Ger}) and Vengeur Masque (Ire) (Monsun {Ger}).

"We will be paying up with all three. It's just whether Top Of The Range makes it into the field," Moroney said.

Sound produced his best finish from four Group 1 starts since arriving in Australia when fourth in the Tancred S. at Rosehill on March 30.

Vengeur Masque's Cup lead-up was a 10th in Saturday's G2 Chairman's H. at Randwick with Moroney saying the stayer had to do plenty of work early before finding the front.

"I thought Vengeur Masque had a pretty torrid run and went terrific on Saturday," Moroney said.

"That should just tidy him up as he had not had a run for four weeks."

Mike Moroney

Sunlight for Adelaide feature

Top filly Sunlight (Zoustar) will get another chance to land her fourth Group 1 win of the season, with trainer Tony McEvoy confirming a tilt at next month's TAB Classic in Adelaide.

Sunlight won the G1 Coolmore Stud S. for 3-year-olds at Flemington last spring while her autumn campaign has included elite-level wins in the Newmarket H. and William Reid S. in Melbourne before her third in the in TJ Smith S. in Sydney.

McEvoy said Sunlight had come through her run behind Santa Ana Lane and Osborne Bulls on Saturday at Randwick in great condition.

"I'm really pleased with her," McEvoy said. "She will go home to run in the fillies and mares Group 1 in Adelaide.


Social approach pays off

Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young's unusual method of searching for a rider for their G1 Sydney Cup hope Semari (NZ) (Sebring) has paid dividends.

Busuttin Racing took to social media over the weekend to find a rider for the mare, who finished third in the G2 Chairman's H. on Saturday and carries just 50kg in the $2 million race on Saturday.

Six-time Group 1 winning jockey Tim Clark got the nod for the ride on the 4-year-old, who has won six of her 12 starts, including three of her past four.

Gambling on Coolmore run

Miss Siska (So You Think {NZ}) has been sent to Sydney in the hope she can make the field for the Group 1 Coolmore Legacy S. at Randwick.

The half-sister to Hay List (Statue Of Liberty {USA}) finished second in the Group 2 Matriarch S. at Flemington at the end of her spring campaign when trained by Tony McEvoy.

The 5-year-old won the Gold Bracelet at Bendigo first-up on March 30 in her first start for new trainer Grahame Begg.

He said the mare had travelled well and settled in well in Sydney ahead of a planned crack at the Coolmore for fillies and mares.

"We are hopeful to get a run," Begg said. "That will be the thing, whether she gets a start or not, but she bounced through her run first-up in really good order so we're prepared to roll the dice.”

Canterbury gallops

Two European Group 1 contenders will gallop at Canterbury on Wednesday morning ahead of assignments at The Championships on Saturday.

He’s Eminent (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) is preparing to take on Winx (Street Cry {Ire}) in the G1 Longines Queen Elizabeth S., while Godolphin’s Dubhe (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) is the current favourite for the G1 Schweppes Sydney Cup.

Godolphin’s D’Bai (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) is being aimed at the G1 Schweppes All Aged Royal Randwick on April 20 is also expected to work on Wednesday

Holiday expenses on offer

Wayne Hillis will be looking to pick more holiday money when he heads to Sydney on Tuesday with his talented 3-year-old filly Imelda Mary (NZ) (Ferlax {NZ}) in Saturday’s G1 Australian Oaks at Randwick.

It will be Hillis’ second attack on the Classic and comes 15 years after he saddled up G2 Championship S. winner Boulevardofdreams (NZ) (Daggers Drawn {USA}) to finish third.

Imelda Mary

Hillis and Boulevardofdreams then regrouped and headed on to the United States, where she made a hit-and-run bid on the G1 American Oaks and finished a creditable seventh. The US will again be the centre of international attention after this year’s Australian Oaks, but not for Imelda Mary.

While she will head to the spelling paddock after her Sydney raid, Hillis will be counting down to a 28-day tour co-hosted by Taranaki trainer John Wheeler and his wife, Linda, taking in the G1 Belmont S. and G1 Preakness S.

“I leave for the tour on May 15 and it would be great to pick up some more spending money beforehand,’’ Hillis said.

Champagne option for Probabeel

Te Akau trainer Jamie Richards is pleased with the way Probabeel (NZ) (Savabeel) and In A Twinkling (Fastnet Rock)) have come through their Sydney runs.

The former finished fifth in the G1 Sires’ Produce S. and In A Twinkling filled the same position in the G1 Australian Derby.

“It’s so competitive over here and I thought they ran as well as they could on slow footing that didn’t suit either of them,” Richards said.

“In A Twinkling will definitely head home for a break at Te Akau Stud, and we will just wait and see what happens with regards to Probabeel.

“We will tick her over quietly this week, but the way the weather looks they might get a good track for this Saturday and more rain forecast the following week ahead of the G1 Champagne S. on the 20th. A decision is yet to be made, but we will tick her over and keep an eye on the weather.”

Jamie Richards and Stephen Autridge

Luvaluva on track for Brisbane

John Sargent didn’t get the perfect result with Luvaluva (NZ) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}) at Te Aroha, but the fleeting trip to New Zealand did increase her value.

The Randwick-based former Kiwi trainer believed the G1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes would give the mare a fine opportunity to win at the highest level and, in the hands of Leith Innes, she finished third.

‘’She ran a good race and is obviously looking for more ground,’’ Sargent said. ‘’We knew it was a gamble over the mile as she’s more of a 2000 metre horse, but we had to have a go.

Luvaluva’s next two starts will be in Queensland in the G2 Hollindale S. at the Gold Coast on May 4 and the G1 Doomben Cup at Doomben a fortnight later.