Craig Williams partnered Tally in a strong piece of work earlier this week and is confident the horse is best placed to deliver clear race favourite Mahuta defeat in Saturday’s Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) at Caulfield Racecourse.
Tally has been a strong and consistent performer for Godolphin Australia since first appearing on course in 2015; posting a commendable three wins and two minors through only seven competitive starts.
Capping a strong Spring Carnival campaign a credible fifth in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) on October 24th, Mahuta is yet to taste anything but success this time having comfortably taken out each of the Woodend Cup (1450m) and Danny’s Burgers BM70 (1600m).
Williams concedes it will take a particularly big performance to overcome the in-form Mahuta in the 2016 Autumn Classic but is confident Tally’s proven success over the distance and great condition will go a long way towards success.
“I don’t want to be that overconfident but I couldn’t be happier with Tally,” Williams told Racing Ahead.
“He’s won his last two and has been quite dominant. He won his maiden in the same style as Mahuta did with the blinkers for the first time and dominated a field at the same track in Kyneton.
“Mahuta has been extraordinarily well-placed, he comes into this field basically on level weights after winning six in a row. He’s going out to 1800m but that doesn’t seem to bother him at this stage.
“I couldn’t be happier with my horse, he’s done nothing wrong this preparation but no doubt Mahuta is the one to beat and he’d be in everyone’s sights.”
Producing a credible performance for fifth on debut in the Condo’s Horse Transport Maiden (1200m) on August 23rd, the Street Cry progressed to second in each of the Rosemont Stud Maiden Plate (1425m) and Cold Tread Tires Maiden (1540m) before winning the Adroit Insurance Maiden Plate (1850m) in his only other start prior to the Moonee Valley Vase.
Ladbrokes.com.au are currently offering Tally as outright second favourite in 2016 Autumn Classic betting markets at a quote of $5 for success.