After a gutsy win in the $100,000 Listed G.A. Towton Cup (2200m) on the weekend, the Jemma Hayman-trained Knightlike has earned a shot at the Perth Cup 2014 on January 1st.
The Viscount seven-year-old was one of the original 43 nominations taken for the $500,000 Group 2 Golden River Developments Perth Cup (2400m) this summer.
Their Kingston Town Classic Day success though has now confirmed their Perth Cup bid, the Lark Hill-based Hayman looking forward to the staying classic.
Two starts back Knightlike was defeated a mere nose by another top Perth Cup hope Black Tycoon in the Listed Tattersall’s Cup (2100m), an effort they improved on over the weekend when stepped up in distance.
Thriving over the 2200m the veteran ran an outstanding race in the GA Towton Cup to defeat the Alan Mathews-trained Cyber Crime by a half length.
It was a good effort and one that showed they were likely to handle the mile and a half of the Perth Cup without issue.
Formerly prepared by another leading Perth trainer Grant Williams, Knightlike has been with Hayman since the start of the year.
The GA Towton Cup was their maiden win for their new trainer and was also their first turf triumph since June of 2011.
“It’s just the biggest thrill,” Hayman told The West Australian speaking of the win.
“He just tries his heart out.”
Now they’ve broken the drought Hayman is hoping they can continue the winning streak when stepped up in class for the Perth Cup on New Year’s Day.
Pre-field Perth Cup betting markets are led by Vaughn Sigley’s Blackfriars five-year-old Rohan, third to Ihtsahymn in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) over the weekend, and the Gai Waterhouse-trained Sydneysider Travolta paying around $5 and $7 respectively at the online Aussie bookmakers.
Knightlike meanwhile is equal third favourite with Justin Warwick’s eight-year-old Black Tycoon who ran seventh in the Kingston Town Classic when stepped back from 2100m to 1800m.
The traditional Perth Cup lead-up is the $225,000 Group 2 C.B. Cox Stakes (2100m) on December 21 where Black Tycoon has been confirmed as having their next start in.
CB Cox Stakes betting is led by Luckygray, second when defending their Kingston Town title on the weekend, followed closely by Mr Moet who will move to Sydney to be prepared by Chris Waller after the race.
Ihtsahymn is also high up the markets despite being a late entry and doubtful final acceptor in the weight-for-age clash.
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