Big Duke

Big Duke

Horse name: Big Duke

Age: 6

Sex: Gelding

Trainer: Darren Weir

Owner: Australian Bloodstock

Country: Australia

Attempt?: Confirmed

Formline: Sydney Cup

Distance Query?: No

Path?: Moonee Valley Gold Cup

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Notes: February’s Launceston Cup winner who then starred in the Sydney Cup lead-ups in the autumn before running a close-up third in the Sydney Cup with 52kgs. He faces a much harder battle to get into the Melbourne Cup field but continues to acquit himself well.

Resumed with a good fifth over 1600m at Caulfield on August 19th carrying a big weight, then another fifth in the Opie Cup over 1600m which was not a bad performance at all.

In his Melbourne Cup prep he didn’t show a great deal in Melbourne racing, particularly flat in the Naturalism. But then in Sydney he seemed to turn that around, with a strong second in Group 1 Metropolitan (2400m) and then winning the St Leger (2600m).

Sydney form hasn’t seemed to hold up all that well with Foundry flopping, so they’re going to test the Duke in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup. If he goes well enough, he’ll go into the Melbourne Cup.