Kutchinsky Books 2013 Adelaide Cup Ticket – Roy Higgins Quality Results

Danny O’Brien-trained stayer Kutchinisky pressed his 2013 Adelaide Cup (3200m) claims with a strong win in the Listed 2013 Roy Higgins Quality (2600m) at Flemington today.

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Kutchinsky wins the 2013 Roy Higgins Quality. Picture: Sarah Ebbett

The six-year-old showed his staying ability to run down a tiring Tuscan Fire who led from the outset until the 200m mark.

With Craig Williams in the saddle, Kutchinisky found a run down the centre of the track where he powered through the line in a performance that suggested he will handle the extra distance in Adelaide on Monday week.

The son of Anabaa was runner-up at Group 1 level as a three-year-old in the 2010 Queensland Derby in a campaign where he won the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes.

Kutchinisky joined O’Brien before his spring campaign last year and the Flemington trainer is hopeful he can return to the heights he reached as a three-year-old.

“We’re hoping to get back to that sort level, he’s won a stakes race today,” O’Brien said.

“He’ll head to the Adelaide Cup on Monday week and he’ll go there in great form.”

O’Brien praised the ride of Williams who had the stayer in a “sweet position” for the majority of the race.

“It was a beautiful ride today because he was always travelling in a sweet position and they were doing plenty of work up front,” he said.

“I was pretty confident he was going to finish it off.”

Kutchinisky will carry 54kg in the Adelaide Cup which offers $400,000 in prizemoney.

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Roy Higgins Quality 2013 – Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 5 KUTCHINSKY Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 11 54kg $6.50
2 2 DAME CLAIRE (NZ) Pat Carey Peter Mertens 1.5L 9 54.5kg $10
3 1 TUSCAN FIRE Dan O’Sullivan Glen Boss 1.6L 5 59kg $2.45F
4 6 UNCHAIN MY HEART David Hayes Chad Schofield (a) 2.35L 4 54kg $20
5 9 RED SHIFT (NZ) Pat Carey Darren Gauci 4.35L 3 54kg $11
6 3 BELLS OF TROY Wendy Kelly Craig Newitt 4.85L 1 54kg $4
7 10 HIGH KINGCZAR Michael Ryan Dwayne Dunn 4.95L 6 54kg $151
8 4 BOOM ’N’ ZOOM Ken Keys Stephen Baster 8.95L 2 54kg $31
9 11 THE WILD THING Ron Daniel Dean Yendall 9.25L 7 54kg $151
10 8 XAAR BEST Mark Stephenson Luke Nolen 10.5L 8 54kg $51
11 7 HEAVEN’S RICHES Robbie Laing Vlad Duric 11.75L 10 54kg $71