Jockey John Allen has described the 2017 Adelaide Cup betting favourite Master Of Arts as a “relaxed sort of dude” after partnering the Darren Weir-trained stayer for a hurdle tune-up on Friday.
On Monday South Australians will enjoy a public holiday to celebrate Adelaide Cup Day with a bumper program scheduled for Morphettville Racecourse.
Heading the racing action is the $400,000 Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) run over the two miles and featuring a capacity 20 starter field.
The grey five-year-old son of Mastercraftsman had somewhat of an unusual tune-up, put through his paces at Warrnambool when runner-up in a 2400m Hurdle Trial on Friday.
Allen was aboard for the jumps hit-out having also ridden the galloper for his last start Morphettville win on March 4 in the Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes (2600m).
Impressed with the relaxed attitude of Master Of Arts, Allen is confident heading into the Group 2 on Monday where the top fancy will be out to complete the popular Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival staying double.
“He’s a relaxed sort of dude that was just happy to go around and follow [the hit-out winner] Crime Fighter,” Allen told Racing Victoria on Friday.
“He’s a really good jumper and he’s in good order and did it pretty easily today.”
Master Of Arts heads into the Adelaide Cup field undefeated at the Morphettville track having also won a 2014m Benchmark 70 at the course in April last year under 60kg with Allen in the saddle.
Proving his ability he subsequently won the Listed Warrnambool Cup (2350m) on a Heavy track that winter and is tracking well to salute for the Adelaide Cup punters this season.
Weir, who is likely to put Master Of Arts on a jumps’ campaign after his Adelaide Cup bid, also saddles-up Lord Van Percy in the Group 2 on Monday.
Fourth in the Listed Torney Cup (2500m) at Moonee Valley last time out, the Sir Percy seven-year-old can be found at more lucrative Adelaide Cup odds of $26 after drawing the extreme outside barrier.
Following Master Of Arts in the markets at $5.50 is Annus Mirabilis getting in on 55.5kg, Stuart Webb’s Montjeu six-year-old out to improve on his last start fifth to Big Memory at Flemington in the Listed Roy Higgins Quality (2600m).
The other best fancied is early market mover Chance To Dance ($6.50) carrying the 58kg top weight in the form of jockey Ben Allen.
Prepared by Robert Hickmott for three-time Adelaide Cup winning owner Lloyd Williams, Teofilo seven-year-old Chance To Dance comes off a second in the Torney Cup with the same weight and hoop aboard.
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