Dan O’Sullivan’s in-form Ballarat galloper Tuscan Fire further staked their claims for an Adelaide Cup 2013 bid in March with an impressive win at Flemington over the weekend when stepped up in distance.
The Tuscanos six-year-old posted their second straight win at Victoria’s premier track following a New Year’s Day victory over 2000m when Glen Boss guided them to a smart one and a half length victory over Crafty Cruiser in the $100,000 Rain Lover Handicap (2500m).
It was the veteran’s first start over more than 2000m since June last year and they relished the extra distance as they gear up for a two mile assignment in the prestigious $400,000 Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) at Morphettville on March 3.
Tuscan Fire has had plenty of experience over the two miles and above in the jumps races in Victoria last autumn including a huge nine length victory at Ballarat in April when carrying 68kg to victory in a Hurdle Maiden and they could still go back to the hurdles later this year.
“He’s shown some ability at the jumping at home, so it’s still on the cards,” O’Sullivan said.
“But we’ve got a few months yet before the jumps start so we’ll keep him going on the flat.”
While the Adelaide Cup is an ambitious aim for the gelding whose only black type assignment in a 39 start career to date was their distant 12th in the 2010 SA Derby as a three-year-old, O’Sullivan is happy with their recent form and believes they are up for the challenge as does Boss who was full of praise post-win.
“Go there, just go there,” Boss said to O’Sullivan directly after Saturday’s victory speaking of the Adelaide Cup.
“He just adjusted to the pace of the race today by himself – he’s a natural.”
As for exactly which path they will take leading up to the Adelaide Cup, O’Sullivan said the options were bountiful.
“I’ve certainly got a few options I have to consider,” O’Sullivan said after Saturday’s win.
“At the moment I’m looking at the Mornington Cup Prelude and then the Cup next month and there’s another 2600m race here and then Adelaide.
“It’ll all be worked out, it’s not a bad position to be in.”
The $200,000 Listed Mornington Cup (2400m) runs on February 13 while the 2600m race in Adelaide the trainer referred to is the $115,000 Group 3 Boag’s Lord Reims Stakes at Morphettville on March 2.
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