Dixon believes Cannizzaro can overcome outside barrier
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.