John Sargent’s mare Kirramosa has opened narrow favourite to break a two year losing streak with success in the Bendigo Cup 2015 in country Victoria on Wednesday afternoon.
The now five-year-old daughter of Alamosa is one of 11 stayers in the mix for this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival’s edition of the $300,000 Group 3 Jayco Bendigo Cup (2400m), running as Race 8 at 4:00pm (AEST).
Winner of the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) during the Melbourne Cup Carnival two years ago, Kirramosa hasn’t won again since but is still the $4 top fancy in Bendigo Cup betting through Ladbrokes.com.au who are offering Best Tote or SP + 20% on Wednesday’s feature race!
She is drawn in gate two with jockey Chris Parnham the fifth hoop in as many starts this campaign to jump aboard the mare who carries 54.5kg in the handicap clash.
Kirramosa ran fifth in her opening three runs this campaign including crossing three lengths behind the Chris Waller-trained Doncaster Mile champ Kermadec in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) on September 19.
Her last start was at Randwick on October 3 in another Randwick mile elite level where she could only manage to finish four and a half lengths off another Waller star, subsequent record-breaking Cox Plate winner Winx, in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) with Blake Shinn in the saddle.
She drops notably in class off that run and also comes down from 56kg when she runs in Victoria for the first time since an 11th to Fawkner in last October’s Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) and also holds nominations for the Mackinnon Stakes and Lexus Stakes at Flemington this Saturday.
Hot on her heels in the Bendigo Cup odds is early market mover Leebaz ($4.80 into $4.60) jumping from the outside barrier 11 with Dwayne Dunn in the saddle.
The Team Hawkes-trained Zabeel six-year-old also hasn’t won in a little while with his last turf triumph being at the Gold Coast back in April in the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m).
Since then his only other run in the top three was last start on Caulfield Cup Day, October 17, when carrying 57kg in the Group 3 Coongy Handicap (2000m).
He goes up to the 57.5kg second top weight in the Bendigo Cup shooting for his first win over further than 1800m at his first run at the track and or the distance.
In an open Bendigo Cup betting market there are four other single figure hopes including Maygrove ($6) for the in-form New Zealand trainer Murray Baker.
Baker has his Caulfield Cup winning four-year-old Mongolian Khan on track for a shot at Tuesday week’s $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington and his Seymour Cup – Crystal Mile winner Turn Me Loose set to run four days later in the $1 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m).
Also running well for the Cambridge horseman down under is Authorized five-year-old Maygrove, the grey coming off back-to-back fourths.
The first was behind the since-sidelined with injury Let’s Make Adeal in the Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2500m) in early October before he was beaten five lengths by the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained 2015 Melbourne Cup-bound Almoonqith in the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m).
Maygrove carried 54kg with apprentice Patrick Moloney in the saddle for both of those efforts, Matthew Cameron taking over at the same weight for Wednesday’s showdown.
Rounding out the hopes under $10 for the win are the rails-drawn Divan ($7) who Damien Oliver rides, Gai Waterhouse’s 2014 Sydney Cup winner The Offer ($7.50) carrying the 59kg top weight with Michael Walker in the saddle and Wexford Town ($6) for Robert Hickmott.
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