They showed their potential with a great lead-up run earlier this month and now the distance is right for Raymond Connors’ veteran New Zealand stayer Blood Brotha to challenge the favourites in Saturday’s Sydney Cup 2013 at Royal Randwick.
The Danzighill seven-year-old went out as a $100 roughie in the Group 2 Chairman’s Quality (2600m) at the track on April 13 which was Blood Brother’s 49th career start and their first run in Australia.
With only a moderate strike rate having won just eight of their starts to date, Blood Brotha did win both the Group 3 NZ Cup (3200m) and the Group 2 Wellington Cup (2400m) during the summer, and it was that form they bought down under for their international debut.
With Michael Rodd in the saddle the gelding was able to charge home and come within a long neck of progressive Zabeel four-year-old Tremec in the Chairman’s.
That performance plus their previous win back home over the two miles now has Wanganui-based Connors confident they are deserving of a shot in the $500,000 Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) this Saturday.
“He won the New Zealand Cup over 3200 metres so he will stay the distance,” Connors said.
“He also won the Wellington Cup and I wasn’t surprised to see him do so well (last start).”
Clear early favourite in the Sydney Cup odds at $3.70 is the Chris Waller-trained Kelinni who backed up from an eye-catching fourth in The BMW to win the JRA Plate in the mud with a big 560kg weight last Saturday.
If successful Kelinni will become just the second horse in recent history to win the JRA Plate – Sydney Cup double joining Tie The Knot (1999).
The second line of Sydney Cup betting is then led by 2010 Melbourne Cup runner-up Maluckyday ($6.50) followed by Blood Brotha ($9) who is the only other hopeful under double figures in the pre-field markets.
Other top fancies then include the Gai Waterhouse-trained former favourite Julienas ($10) who will press on despite their dead last finish in the Chairman’s when defeated over 35 lengths after a winning trial at Randwick last Friday, and Chairman’s winner Tremec ($11).
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