Que­bec to hold off a Siege of chal­lengers

The Sportsman Weekend - - NEWS - MATT JONES

THE Gai Water­house and Adrian Bott-trained Siege Of Que­bec is set to start favourite in to­mor­row’s Group 2 Crys­tal Mile (1600m) at Mooney Val­ley, but he’ll have a heap of horses breath­ing down his neck.

Since the train­ing part­ner­ship have adopted very un­like Water­house tac­tics by rid­ing Siege Of Que­bec cold he’s been a rev­e­la­tion.

He beat Pier­ata in the Group 3 Bill Ritchie (1400m) be­fore run­ning a cred­i­ble sev­enth in the Group 1 Ep­som Hand­i­cap (1600m) and he stormed home to fin­ish third in the Group 1 Toorak Hand­i­cap (1600m) last start at Caulfield.

But James Cum­mings has two fan­cied run­ners, Duca Valenti­nois and It’s Some­what, who will pro­vide se­ri­ous threats

“Duca Valenti­nois was all at sea try­ing to get onto his Mel­bourne leg at Caulfield,” Cum­mings said.

“But he’s a weight-for-age win­ner at mile last time in and this is the race we wanted to have him right for. It’s just a shame he isn’t bring­ing a more pos­i­tive run with him.”

Cum­mings also feels Group 1 win­ner It’s Some­what is fly­ing un­der the radar head­ing into the race.

“He’s run­ning well with­out win­ning this time in.” he said.

“With fit­ness on his side he’s ca­pa­ble of be­ing com­pet­i­tive and his train­ing has con­tin­ued to be at a high level.

“But the big fac­tor this week­end is get­ting back to a firmer track and in dis­tance. Those two things could lead to a sharp turn­around form.”

Siege Of Que­bec looks hard to beat in the Crys­tal Mile to­mor­row.

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