AS A lover of the ‘Big V’ it is a difficult realisation to come to, but the Victoria Cup is likely to head interstate.
To make matters worse, there is a strong possibility the title will make its way to into New South Wales!
That’s not an admission the interstaters are superior, just a frustrating observation resulting from the barrier draw.
An electrifying winner of last weekend’s Smoken Up Sprint, Cash N Flow has drawn to repeat the dose in the Group One.
First-up for 11 weeks, Cash N Flow led throughout from barrier two when rating 1:50.8 over 1720 metres – just a tenth of a second outside of Cruz Bromac’s track record.
The Craig Cross-trained son of Mach Three will again begin from gate two, this time over 2240 metres, which has seen him installed a $4 second favourite with TAB Fixed Odds.
To Cross’ delight Cash N Flow’s fitness has improved to coincide with the extra distance.
“I couldn’t be happier with him going into this,” Cross said. “As he showed last week he was quite forward and ready to run and has tightened up from the outing.
“He’s in great shape and is going to be hard to beat from the draw.”
Luke McCarthy drove Cash N Flow during his latest win, with Todd McCarthy to take the reins this time around.
Luke will partner stable favourite Bling It On which has drawn the inside of the back row. The son of American Ideal is the $4.60 third elect with TAB Fixed Odds.
Bling It On returned from a 15-month retirement with a scintillating 1:50.2 triumph at Tabcorp Park Menangle a fortnight ago.
Despite being first-up, the nine-year-old recorded the quickest time of his career!
“He has come along brilliantly since his run and is looking a treat,” Cross said. “If he can get an even shot at them he will take a lot of holding out.”
Alta Orlando rounds out Cross’ triple assault on the opening leg of the Grand Circuit, with the son of Courage Under Fire to begin from the outside of the back line.
No driver has been selected for the gelding which is at $13.
“He’s got a lot of speed so if he gets a three-wide run into the race for example, he’ll be coming home strongly.” Cross said.
“I will have to talk to the owners to see who they want to drive him.”
Drawn ideally in the pole, Queensland star Colt Thirty One is the main danger to his trio according to Cross.
Prepared by record-breaking horseman Grant Dixon, the Australian Pacing Gold eligible stallion is no stranger to winning majors in Melton having captured the 2018 Victoria Derby.
Opening at $12, Colt Thirty One has firmed into $3.50 favouritism with TAB Fixed Odds.
“It is an even race but the draw has really opened it up for Colt Thirty One,” Cross said.