Saturday’s Chairman’s Quality Handicap winner Permit has shot to the top of the Sydney Cup 2012 odds for the end-of-month clash at Royal Randwick.
The progressive import has been racing in Australia since April last year when Permit was prepared in Victoria by Michael Moroney.
Under Moroney the Dansili gelding made an unremarkable impression failing to finish better than fifth.
Spelled for four months Permit resumed last November in Sydney for new trainer Chris Waller and has enjoyed a swift rise through the ranks since then.
Their debut win down under came in December when they got the better of Scouting Wide by nearly two lengths in a 2200-metre handicap at Warwick Farm.
Racing against stakes company this time in Permit broke their black-type maiden status last month with a gritty win over the likes of Precedence and Older Than Time in the Listed NE Manion Cup (2400m) at Rosehill.
They kept that good form going on Saturday when they got the better of the Gai Waterhouse-trained Older Than Time, runner-up in last year’s Sydney Cup showdown, once again this time winning the Group 2 Chairman’s Quality Handicap (2600m) at Randwick.
Prior to the Chairman’s success Permit was the $5.50 second favourite, along with 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain, to win the $500,000 Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) back at the track on April 28.
Exempt from Sydney Cup ballot thanks to Saturday’s victory, Permit has since shortened into the clear $3.50 favourite in the Sydney Cup odds at bookmaker.com.au, Waller out for back-to-back wins following the success of Stand To Gain 12 months ago.
Meanwhile Americain has been ruled as non-acceptor for the Sydney Cup.
Instead the ace Dyanformer seven-year-old, last seen running second to Manighar in The BMW, will run in the $500,000 Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on Sydney Cup Day with Craig Williams to ride.
Following Permit on single figures are then the Hawkes-trained Niwot ($4.80) who has been itching to get up in distance following their Ranvet Stakes and The BMW fourth place finishes over 2000m and 2400m this autumn, and The BMW third placegetter Drunken Sailor ($12) who also looked impressive two back when a close second in the Adelaide Cup over the two miles.
Saturday’s Chairman’s Quality runner-up Older Than Time is now a $17 Sydney Cup hope, in from $21 pre-Chairman’s.
In other Sydney Cup news goliath owner Lloyd Williams has declared that his veteran galloper Efficient, winner of the 2007 Melbourne Cup, will continue on the Sydney Cup 2012 path despite being scratched from the Chairman’s.
Williams was furious at the vets declaring Efficient as lame before the clash forcing his withdrawal.
“A new vet trots him up and says he’s sore. He’s not. He’s arthritic,” Williams said.
“They (veterinarians) trotted him up on the concrete and they said he was a one out of five lame; he’s like that all the time.
“You need to know the horse; he’s like that all the time.
“Having owned more than 2000 horses in 47 years, I have some idea.
“I was absolutely furious, as annoyed as I have been about racing in 40 years.
“Every time you trotted up Zipping and Gallic, you thought they were sore, but they weren’t.
“It is a matter of knowing the animal.
“Would there be anyone else in the world who looks after their horses better than I do?
“I’m very annoyed.
“I’ll take him back and run him in the Sydney Cup and if they take him out again, I will go to war.”
Efficient pays $21 in the Sydney Cup markets.
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