Dixon be­lieves Can­niz­zaro can over­come out­side bar­rier

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING -

BRYAN Dixon hasn’t had the best luck with bar­rier draws today at Moree but if Can­niz­zaro gets away cleanly and takes up a handy spot in the Town Plate (950m), he’s a chance of repli­cat­ing his lat­est run.

That was a win at Gunnedah over 1000m when he got things to suit. Ei­ther way, he’s in form and will be rid­den again by ap­pren­tice Yvette Lewis and only carry 53kg.

“The out­side al­ley isn’t go­ing to help but he’ll sit out­side the leader, Cash’n’run, and I think he’ll be hard to beat,” Dixon said.

“He found the line well the other day at Gunnedah when he didn’t have to work too hard and he got an easy lead. They couldn’t run him down that day.”

Di­rect Vi­sion opens Dixon’s ac­count in the first race, a maiden plate over 1300m, and he’s found form again after run­ning sec­ond at Dubbo. “He’s knock­ing on the door,” Dixon said. “He used to have a bit of a breath­ing prob­lem but he’s nice and fit now.

“A lot will de­pend on how many horses Kris Lees brings today. There’s a bonus ($25,000) if you win the cup and two other races.”

Ren­zulli is Dixon’s sec­ond-best hope after Can­niz­zaro and he en­ters the last race on the card hav­ing run no worse than sec­ond at four runs since a freshen up.

“He was a bit un­lucky at Gunnedah the other day when he ducked in,” Dixon said. “The pleas­ing part about that run was that he went through the line and kept go­ing.

“Michael Heag­ney, who rode him, thought he wanted 1400m and a mile. The bar­rier makes it harder but I told Michael that it’s up to him to fix that, not me.”

Dixon said his other two run­ners, Sapi­ence and Sugar Lane, need to im­prove.

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