The Chronicle

Red hot hopeful in form

- SEAN TEUMA

INCENTIVIS­E keeps stepping up, and each time he responds in dominant fashion.

The Toowoomba galloper made it eight straight wins, and his second Group 1 on the trot with a gutsy victory in the $1m Group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington.

The TAB has installed Incentivis­e as a raging hot favourite for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.

RACING: If you weren’t taking notice, you sure are now.

Incentivis­e has firmed into a hot favourite for both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups following his latest success at Flemington.

Already the market pick for the two features, the Toowoomba galloper tightened further after a bold frontrunni­ng display to claim the $1m Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.

Sent out on the second line of betting behind nine-time Group 1 winner Verry Elleegant ($2.10 fav), jockey Brett Prebble again took up the running.

He didn’t have his own way in front, copping pressure throughout the race, however what happened over the final two furlongs stamped his authority as a genuine Cups contender.

With Young Werther ($26) looming ominously over the concluding stages and Incentivis­e ($2.70) there to be beaten, the five-year-old responded to hold off the challenge by a half length.

“We wanted to have a good gallop but we needed to take improvemen­t out of today into the Caulfield Cup,” Peter Moody told Racing.com.

“Brett thought that he wanted to be on the inside, he thought that was the best part of the track and he made endeavours to hold that.

“It ended up being a good test. He showed plenty of courage. He’s a bloody tough horse.

“He’s been there to be beaten for the length of the straight in both his runs and just showed terrific courage.

“This will really bring him on for the Caulfield Cup in two weeks. We probably came into this just slightly soft and still learning about the horse and believing that this will just top him off.”

It was so close to being an unforgetta­ble day for Toowoomba horses, with the former Michael Nolan-trained Hinged ($20) running second in the $750,000 Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick.

Sent out as an outsider in the driving rain, jockey Glen Boss steered a passage along the fence, improving from eighth into contention over the concluding stages.

She wasn’t able to claim Never Been Kissed ($41) however, going down by a neck in a thrilling finish.

Toowoomba’s Dr Kim McCasker retains a share in the ownership of the filly.

AROUND THE TRACKS

Corey and Kylie Geran stepped out a promising first starter, with Artie Beatsome ($2.70 fav) destroying his rivals in the Maiden Handicap (1050m) at Clifford Park.

The topically named gelding on NRL grand final weekend was guided straight to the front by Stephanie Lacy and never headed.

 ?? ?? BIG TIME: Brett Prebble salutes as Incentivis­e is victorious in the Turnbull Stakes. Picture: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images
BIG TIME: Brett Prebble salutes as Incentivis­e is victorious in the Turnbull Stakes. Picture: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

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