Seven-year-old gelding Success Dostta ensured himself a start in next month’s $225,000 Group 3 2013 Hobart Cup (2400m) by taking out the Brighton Cup (2100m) on Sunday.
The race offers ballot exemption to the winner and the diminutive stayer earned that in fine style with an impressive 2 1/2 length walloping of his rivals.
He was held in an ideal position by Anthony Darmanin who called on the son of Success Express at the top of the straight and he quickly put paid to the rest of the field.
Co-trainer Scott Brunton believes the tiny galloper is hitting his best form ahead of the major goal of the Hobart Cup which will take place on February 10.
“He’s going fantastic the horse, he’s hit the form that he used to show as a younger horse,” Brunton said.
Despite his small stature, Success Dostta was still able to lug 59kg to win the Brighton Cup and that weight is likely to drop to 54kg in the Hobart Cup.
Brunton is confident he will go into the staying feature as a live chance and believes the extra distance will suit his charge.
“There’s nothing of him, he’s carried a big weight today but he did the job, the ride was sensational,” Brunton said.
“He hit the line well, 2400m is going to suit him.”
All four runs this preparation have been full of merit and Sunday’s win was the second of the campaign after taking top honours over 1600m at Launceston on December 12.
A veteran of 49 starts, Success Dostta has won 10 times and finished in the minor placings on 13 other occasions.
It will be his second attempt at the Hobart Cup after finishing seventh in a strong field last year.
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