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    Cliché moment in massive Cup upset Cliché moment in massive Cup upset

    SHANE and RYAN SANDERSON

    A WELL-KNOWN cliché came to the fore last night. Suitable for all forms of competition, the sentence was the obvious way to describe the... Cliché moment in massive Cup upset

    A WELL-KNOWN cliché came to the fore last night.

    Suitable for all forms of competition, the sentence was the obvious way to describe the result of the Mildura Cup…”you’ve got to be in it to win it!”

    A despised outsider at $126 on the Tote, Sahara Tiger caused a massive upset by capturing the popolar provincial feature.

    Adding to the shock, Western Sonador filled the quinella as a $71 shot!

    With the $2.40 favourite, Cant Top This, finishing third, the trifecta paid a whopping $13,498.20.

    Driven by Ryan Sanderson, Sahara Tiger enjoyed the run of the race behind the leader, Serg Blanco, before being angled away from the pegs around the home turn.

    Responding brilliantly, the son of Art Major sprinted to a three-metre win as Western Sonador gained a saloon passage along the pegs.

    After racing in the ‘death seat’, Cant Top This battled on bravely to be two-and-a-half metres away third 1:59.6 over 2600 metres.

    “What a special win…awesome,” trainer Shane Sanderson said.

    “Mildura’s been good to us since we’ve been here, and with Ryan driving well and a great bunch of owners, it’s a special night.

    “Tiger’s a track specialist at Mildura, with five wins from his last eight starts, and although we thought he’d be a bit outclassed, he just got a good run.

    “I thought he’d finish in the top five if we were behind the leader, but he put his best foot forward and was ‘Johnny-on-the-spot’ at the right time.”

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