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Cherry Tortoni Prepared For Guineas Conflict


Cherry Tortoni shall be striving to show the tables on last-start conqueror Glenfiddich at Caulfield.

Patrick Payne regards taking over Glenfiddich as a frightening job for his rising three-year-old Cherry Tortoni within the Group One Caulfield Guineas.

At his final begin, Cherry Tortoni ran on strongly to complete second to Glenfiddich within the Stutt Stakes, crushed two lengths, and Payne isn’t assured he could make up that leeway on Saturday within the 1600 metre function at Caulfield.

“I appreciated his run at The Valley. It was his first time underneath lights and he completed on nicely to run second behind horse in Glenfiddich and the third horse, Holyfield, can also be a reasonably good horse,” Payne stated.

“I believe Glenfiddich may very well be a star and I don’t assume we will beat him however you by no means know.

“There’s more likely to be a bit extra stress on in a Caulfield Guineas.

“He’s match and nicely and this race matches in together with his program, which would be the Vase after which the Victoria Derby after this.”

Payne stated he was contemplating placing blinkers on Cherry Tortoni for the Caulfield Guineas, by which he shall be ridden by common associate Billy Egan.

“He’s very informal early on in his races. If I put blinkers on him he would possibly settle slightly nearer,” Payne stated.

“I don’t assume it would make an enormous distinction nevertheless it would possibly make a distinction.”

Cherry Tortoni received his first three begins earlier than ending third on resumption within the Exford Plate and second within the Stutt Stakes.

Cherry Tortoni’s dam, Tortoni, is a half-sister to champion Tie The Knot.

Payne hasn’t had a runner within the Caulfield Guineas as a coach however as a jockey he has combined reminiscences of the race as he received it in 2000 on Skalato, who was later disqualified after returning a optimistic swab.

Sydney’s three-year-olds dominate early Guineas markets with Golden Rose winner Ole Kirk heading TAB fastened odds betting at $4.50, forward of King’s Legacy and Mo’unga at $6.

Glenfiddich is a $7 likelihood with Cherry Tortoni at $21.


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