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After a blistering four length victory in the $200,000 Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill’s Underwood Stakes Day on Saturday, those involved with five-year-old Trusting are tipping the galloper to emerge as a genuine 2011 Caulfield Cup threat next month.
Tale Of The Cat stallion Trusting ($2.10), prepared by John Thompson for Nathan Tinkler’s Patinack Farm operation, made it back-to-back Group 2 wins this season with an all-the-way four length victory in the Hill Stakes over the Chris Waller-trained Hawk Island on Saturday, Gai Waterhouse’ Brisbane Cup winner Tullamore ($2.8) finishing a further two lengths away for third.
The commanding success came just a fortnight after Trusting beat home another Group 1 winner of Waller’s, My Kingdom Of Fife, in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m).
“I have never been so confident with a horse going into a race,” Thompson said on Saturday.
“He was 110 per cent, a ball of energy. He looks a million dollars.”
Trusting is now being considered as a genuine stayer, connections looking at the $2.5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 15 as a realistic option.
“He’ll go either to The Metropolitan at Randwick in two weeks’ time or the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington,” Thompson said.
“Maybe the Turnbull and then the Caulfield Cup.”
The $400,000 Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap (2400m) runs at Royal Randwick on Epsom Handicap Day, October 1, and Trusting has firmed into the $6.50 favourite in The Metropolitan odds at Luxbet.
The $500,000 Group 1 Turnbull Stakes is held over a shorter 2000 metres at Flemington on Sunday October 2.
Caulfield Cup betting at Luxbet is firmly lead by another Saturday winner, the Mark Kavanagh-trained December Draw who earned a Caulfield Cup ballot exemption and weight penalty by winning the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield.
While December Draw is short-priced in the Caulfield Cup futures at $4 through Luxbet, punters can still get excellent odds on Trusting who is paying $26.
These are juicy odds for a horse that carried 59kg to victory in the Hill Stakes with Singapore hoop, the Brazilian-based Joao Moreira on board, but is allocated just 52kg in the Caulfield Cup weights.
“He’s just so well weighted in the Caulfield Cup with 52 kilos,” Thompson said.
Caulfield Cup 2011 second acceptances are taken tomorrow by Racing Victoria and will be published right here at Races.com.au.
After their dominant Hill Stakes success Trusting is sure to feature in the list of BMW Caulfield Cup second declarations, they are also likely to firm in the markets tomorrow so now is the time to get behind them.
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