Deniliquin Pastoral Times
Super Quick finish earns some Love
Super Quick Love showed a liking for the Mildura track with a strong win in the Benchmark 58 (2000m) on Monday.
The Echuca mare won at the track over the same distance at her previous start on July 24.
Super Quick Love ($7) ridden by Logan McNeil came from last nearing the home turn to defeat Mighty Oasis by 13⁄4 lengths with Code Blue third.
Trainer Rhys Archard said the owners were now being rewarded for their patience with the six year-old mare.
O’Whatapicture’s frustrating run continued with a second in the Maiden Plate (1200m).
The five year-old trained by Michael Cornish and Donna Gaskin has posted six seconds in nine starts.
Numbers are down but it is highly likely an imported horse will win this year’s Melbourne Cup.
There are 174 nominations for the Cup on November 2, the same as last year, but international entries have dropped to 15 from 30 last year and a peak 50 three years ago.
The downturn was inevitable after Racing Victoria introduced tough pre-flight checks on horses wanting to come to Melbourne.
Leading Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien won’t be represented after sending a strong team last year including ill-fated Anthony Van Dyck.
O’Brien’s son Joseph has nominated only four for the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate.
Joseph trained last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Twilight Payment and 2017 winner Rekindling.
His Melbourne Cup entrants are Baron Samedi, Benaud, Master of Reality and Twilight Payment.
Whether they undergo the testing is yet to be decided.
Delphi and Port Guillaume came Melbourne last year but did not race.
Their progress in lead up watched with interest.
Port Guillaume trained by Ben and JD Hayes is pleasing the Euroa stable in preparation for a first up run, probably over 1600m.
He has had five starts for four wins. Last start he won a France Group 2 race for three year-olds (2515m) by three lengths 12 months ago.
His only defeat was in the Group 1 French Derby when fifth in the field of 16.
Delphi, now trained by Anthony and Sam Freedman, had five starts in Ireland for four wins.
Last start there he defeated Master of Reality by a short head in the Group 3 St Leger Trial (2816m).
Delphi’s long preparation for the Melbourne Cup began when unplaced over an unsuitable 1600m trip in Brisbane in June.
Other Cup contenders include Spanish Mission, Long Arm, Dawn Patrol and Pondus.
Follow – Beau Rossa: Five wins from 10 starts include Adelaide 1050m win when resuming.
Coming winners: High Emocean, fourth at Moonee Valley over 1600m, had not raced since winning Mornington Classic (2415m) 10 months ago.
Mankayan, an imported stayer, was fast finishing second at Flemington over 1600m at first start for nearly a year.
Remarque gained clear running too when third at Randwick.