Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison’s in-form mare Averau opened favourite to win tonight’s 2015 Torney Cup under the lights at Moonee Valley Racecourse and is firming to win her third on the trot.
The five-year-old daughter of Stratum is one of eight remaining stayers in the mix for the $150,000 Listed ADAPT Australia Torney Night Cup (2500m) after the early scratching of both #8 Scelto for Robbie Laing and #11 Refectory for Richard Laming.
Markets at Ladbrokes.com.au for the handicap clash then have firmed on the remaining runners including the top fancy Averau in from $3.20 to $2.80.
Now jumping from barrier seven with Linda Meech in the saddle, the in-form favourite has won four of her past five start so is in flying form leading up to the Torney Night Cup clash.
Her latest two wins were at Flemington firstly in the Listed Bagot Handicap (2800m) on New Year’s Day defeating Tanby and then over Extra Zero in the $80,000 Doriemus Handicap (2000m) on January 31.
For both those wins however she only carried 54kg to victory so will be tested in her latest black type assignment this evening going up to 55.5kg.
It’s a fair weight based on her top form and also looking at Averau’s outstanding record at the track and distance.
She’s won two from four at Moonee Valley, two from three over the 2500m and is therefore undefeated over the track and distance.
Hot on Averau’s heels in the Torney Night Cup betting markets however is another in-form flyer, Taiyoo paying $3.20.
The Darren Weir-trained Haradasun gelding has won five of his past six starts including his three most recent runs.
He comes off back-to-back 2400m victories at Sandown-Hillside, his latest by an impressive three lengths over Crafty Cruiser on February 7 carrying 58.5kg.
The five-year-old though is the 60kg top weight tonight so will need to be improving again to handle the kilos and the rivals in this Listed showdown at a track he’s had two runs at without success.
Two other gallopers are also at single figures in the latest Torney Night Cup markets with the rails-drawn Tuscan Fire ($7.50) and Crime Fighter ($9.50).
Dan O’Sullivan’s Ballarat-trained eight-year-old Tuscan Fire carries 57kg, the lightest weight the veteran has had in at least five runs.
He’s been racing consistently over the summer despite his age including placings behind Taiyoo when carrying 60kg and 59.5kg respectively in his two most recent runs.
The weight advantage this time in round three will be in O’Sullivan’s gelding’s favour then and he is a definite place chance.
Peter Moody’s Street hero four-year-old Crime Fighter gets in here on the 54kg minimum, carrying four kilos left than he did for a 2200m win in a Benchmark 84 at Bendigo last start on February 7.
That was his second straight win following a Morphettville Parks victory in January, Moody hoping the horse can make a successful step up to black type company when going up to the distance for the first time.
Also of note at more generous odds are then Verglas mare Lucciola ($11) to be ridden by Craig Williams and Luck’s A Fortune ($12).
Prepared at Mornington by David & Coral Feek, Lucciola ran fourth in the Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) behind Real Love at the start of the year and comes off a fifth to Taiyoo from February 7.
Luck’s A Fortune meanwhile is a Damian Lane mount also from Mornington, the Pat Carey-trained five-year-old out to improve on some slack recent form including a dead last in the same February 7 lead-up when 10th over the mile and a half at Sandown.
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