The Sportsman Weekend - - News - BY MATT JONES

HE was good enough to be a Mel­bourne Cup run­ner which has given trainer Char­lie Ap­pleby plenty of con­fi­dence in Qewy ahead of to­mor­row’s Queen El­iz­a­beth Stakes (2600m) at Flem­ing­ton.

The eight-year-old missed the Mel­bourne Cup af­ter win­ning Bendigo (2400m) on Novem­ber 1.

He fin­ished fourth in last year’s Mel­bourne Cup but the Godol­phin trainer de­cided he’d be a bet­ter chance of win­ning to­mor­row’s $300,000 Group 3 event.

“We felt that Qewy needed a bit more time af­ter his vic­tory in the Bendigo Cup, which is why we missed the Mel­bourne Cup,” Ap­pleby said.

Qewy held off Ki­wia by half a length in Bendigo Cup and meets him again and the bet­ting sug­gests it will be an­other close race.

It looked like Ki­wia was go­ing to go straight past Qewy in the straight but the Street Cry run­ner fought back to grab win.

Ap­pleby said he can make it back-to­back wins and is on the im­prove.

“He is look­ing bet­ter with each day and the step up in trip will suit,” Ap­pleby said.

“If he car­ries on his pro­gres­sion, he should be very com­pet­i­tive.”

Other run­ners in the mar­ket are Lexus run­ner-up Vengeur Masque who won the Gee­long Cup two starts back and Dar­ren Weir’s Gal­lic Chief­tain

He’ll be look­ing to turn the ta­bles on Vengeur Masque from Gee­long Cup.

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