Mark Kavanagh’s Street Cry five-year-old Shocking added his name to a select list of turf greats to win both the Melbourne Cup and Australian Cup when the 2009 Melbourne Cup winner claimed a decisive two length victory over Linton in the $1 million Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on March 12.
Connections considered backing him up in the Ranvet Stakes to seek back-to-back Group 1 wins at Rosehill’s Coolmore Classic Day this Saturday March 19, however after pulling up a little scratchy after the Australian Cup Shocking will now be sent for a spell to freshen up.
Last year’s Melbourne Cup runner-up, Zabeel four-year-old Maluckyday is now the clear $2.80 favourite in the futures The BMW betting at Luxbet.
Maluckyday resumed with a good first-up fourth to Danleigh in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Warwick Farm on March 5.
The Hawkes-trained gelding is now also the favourite to win the 2011 Ranvet Stakes this Saturday after drawing ideally with barrier three in the small seven-horse final field.
The withdrawal of Shocking, a winner of close to $5 million in prize money from his 27 career starts to date, is a real loss to the Sydney Racing Festival for the season.
However, racing fans and punters can now look forward to a reinvigorated Shocking vying for a second Melbourne Cup victory during the spring.
The 2011 Melbourne Cup is the premier Australian showdown worth over $6 million in prize money and will take place at Flemington on Tuesday November 1.
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