Feanny rues inside draw for Pick-3 trophy
Trainer Philip Feanny was yesterday left ruing SORRENTINO's STAR's post-position for Saturday's Pick-3 Super Challenge Trophy after the far-striding grey filly was drawn inside at stall number three for the 1400-metre race.
Her speedier stablemate, SIMPLY THE BEST, had a more favourable draw, post-position seven, a position Feanny said he wished he could have reversed.
"I'd prefer if it were the other way around, the slower horse you don't want her inside. Everybody will run to the rail and knock her out, so you prefer the quicker horse inside and the slower horse outside," said the 14-time champion trainer.
The other fancied runners in the nine-horse field got good draws especially the troublesome ZUGULU. Roguish but unbeaten in two starts, the Richard Azan-trained colt will break widest in the $3.6m race with Shane Ellis in the irons.
Meanwhile, champion trainer Wayne DaCosta's DREAMLINER, who won the October 19 Cash Pot Trophy, was drawn at post-position five with Richard Mitchell back aboard.
Two of the 11 entries opted out of the Pick-3 Super Challenge, the second leg of the Supreme Ventures Limited Two-Year-Old Series - Gary Subratie's NUCLEAR AFFAIR and DREAMING THE CODE.
NUCLEAR AFFAIR had featured in a bang-up finish with SORRENTINO'S STAR and FUTURE KING, grabbing second behind DREAMLINER in the Cash Pot Trophy. Carl Anderson's DREAMING THE CODE was seen as an exciting entry after debuting with a smashing victory at 1100 metres.
Pick-3 Super Challenge draw:
1. Ruddy's Boy 56.0 (Aaron Chatrie)
2. Girly Girly Links 54.0 (Wesley Henry)
3. Sorrentino's Star 54.0 (Dane Nelson)
4. Jamai Raja 56.0 (Bebeto Harvey)
5. Dreamliner 56.0 (Richard Mitchell)
6. Stunner 54.0 (Paul Francis)
7. Simply The Best 54.0 (Ian Spence)
8. Future King 56.0 (Linton Steadman)
9. Zugulu 56.0 (Shane Ellis)