Perth for Pan­tani

Townsville Bulletin - - Racing -

CONNECTIONSof Pan­tani will be chas­ing a con­so­la­tion prize when the vet­eran stayer lines up in Mon­day’s Group Two Perth Cup at As­cot.

Trainer Rob­bie Laing was left fum­ing when the eightyear-old failed to se­cure a Melbourne Cup berth for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive year fol­low­ing the Vic­to­ria Rac­ing Club com­mit­tee’s de­ci­sion to pro­mote Glis­ten­ing into the field ahead of him.

Pan­tani will get the chance to make amends in the Perth Cup, run over his pet dis­tance of 3200m.

The Vic­to­rian-trained gal­loper has al­ready ar­rived in West­ern Aus­tralia ahead of his New Year’s Day as­sign­ment and Laing said there would be no ex­cuses.

‘‘He’s set­tled in well and he’s fit,’’ Laing said.

‘‘We know he’ll run the two miles and I couldn’t be hap­pier with him.’’

Half of Pan­tani’s six ca­reer wins have been over the Perth Cup jour­ney, the latest of them com­ing in the 2 0 0 5 L i s t e d A n d r e w Rams­den Stakes at Flem­ing­ton which he won first-up from a five-month spell.

Pan­tani was one of 18 horses left in the Perth Cup when ac­cep­tances were taken yes­ter­day.

He will be Laing’s sole rep­re­sen­ta­tive fol­low­ing the trainer’s de­ci­sion not to press on with Aus­tralian Cup win­ner Ro­man Arch, who was t h e o r i g i n a l top­weight.

As a re­sult, all weights for Mon­day’s fea­ture have been raised 1kg with English gal­loper Land ’N Stars now head­ing weights at 57kg, 1kg more than Black Tom and 2kg more than Pan­tani.

Nei­ther Rail­way Stakes win­ner Belle Bizarre nor the David Hayes-trained Rail­way run­ner-up Con­fec­tioner were among ac­cep­tances, al­though Hayes will still be rep­re­sented in the race by Purde.

CAN STAY . . . Kevin For­rester brings Pan­tani back to scale af­ter their Ade­laide Cup suc­cess in 2004

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