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Leading Melbourne-based trainer Peter Moody will make a decision on whether to head over to WA for New Year’s Eve’s 2011 Perth Cup with his progressive four-year-old Elusive King following their Saturday race assignment at Flemington.
A winner of two of their 13 starts to date, including their three length romp over The Big Steel in a 2000 metre handicap at Caulfield on December 3, Elusive Quality gelding Elusive King is the sole Victorian-trained horse nominated for the Perth Cup 2011 at Ascot on December 31.
One of WA’s premier showdowns, the $400,000 Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) attracted 44 entries this time round, Elusive King currently sitting 17th on the order of entry allocated the 52kg minimum.
Despite being far from a confirmed acceptor, Elusive King is one of the top fancies in the Luxbet future Perth Cup odds paying $8.50 in markets led by Kingston Town Classic runner-up Ranger ($4.60).
As has been planned for Elusive King since the start of their spring – summer prep, the horse will run at Flemington this Saturday in Race 8 the $70,000 Comic Court Handicap (2000m) where they jump from barrier one with Brad Rawiller aboard.
Another Perth Cup nominee on trial at the Flemington meeting is Kiwi raider Supremacy who is set to make their Australian race debut in Race 3 the $70,000 Bitalli Handicap (2540m).
Golan five-year-old Supremacy also makes just their second appearance for new trainer Steven Pinfold.
Coming off an eye-catching third at Ellerslie over 2200 metres on December 3, Supremacy is due to jump from barrier three on Saturday with Craig Newitt in the mount.
Unlike Elusive King who is all but guaranteed a start in the capacity 16-starter Perth Cup field should they accept, Supremacy still needs to move up the ballot currently sitting equal 33rd on the order of entry with a rating of just 72.
Supremacy is rated a $21 chance in the latest Perth Cup markets from Luxbet, an equal price with the likes of the former Danny O’Brien-trained Lopov now under the preparation of Simon Miller, Trevor Andrew’s ballot exempt JRA Trophy winner Veracious and John Thompson’s Sydney raider Saint Encosta.
Last seen finishing a nose away second to Veracious in the JRA Trophy, the Patinack Farm-owned Saint Encosta will race in the Perth Cup’s primary lead-up race this Saturday, the $225,000 Group 2 CB Cox Stakes (2100m).
Saint Encosta has drawn one outside the Cox Stakes – Perth Cup favourite Ranger for Saturday, due to jump from barrier five with former Perth Cup winning jockey Jason Brown booked to ride them for the first time.
It will be the fifth jockey change for Saint Encosta in as many runs this season, the galloper most recently ridden by Craig Williams when a disappointing 12th to New Spice in the Listed Tattersall’s Cup (2100m) at Ascot on Railway Stakes Day and then Glyn Schofield last-start on December 3.
Brown is reportedly excited to jump aboard Saint Encosta having watched the way they finished off in the JRA Trophy when aboard the eighth placed Manila I Scream in the same race.
“He looks like a nice ride,” Brown said.
“He hit the line strong at his last start.”
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