Telfer the traveller
By Adam Hamilton
KIWI trainer Steve Telfer’s Victoria raid is building serious momentum.
It’s a long way from Papakura to the remote but iconic Mildura Cup Carnival, but Telfer has made the trip and is a major player in two key support races on Saturday.
Classy mare Our Step Up won her Australia Cup heat in a breeze and is a $1.50 Aussie TAB favourite from gate three in the final. Polemarker Kingofthestars looks the only possible threat.
Our Step Up followed a string of Alexandra Park and Addington minor placings to start the year with a Melton win on March 23 and close second at the same track on March 30.
She then blitzed her Australia Cup heats rivals by 13m last night (Tuesday) and looks a league above her rivals in the $25,000 final.
Telfer’s other key Mildura player is Dance Time, a mare he won five races with in NZ before he was sent to John McCarthy at Menangle where she spent almost ninth months.
Racing as Our Dance Time in Australia, he was reunited with Telfer for a heat of the Mildura Working Man’s Club Pace series last night (Tuesday).
The result was the easiest of 14.1m all-the-way wins in slick time and a win which makes him a standout in Saturday $10,000 night’s
In actual $60,000 Group 2 Mildura Cup final itself, girlpower in the sulky totally dominates.
The three stars from the heats and major players in the gruelling 2600m final – San Carlo ($1.40, gate 11), Brallos Pass ($7, gate seven) and Reciprocity ($7, gate 10) are all driven by females.
Bec Bartley took the reins on the class runner of the series, San Carlo, when he had to pull out everything to snatch a narrow win over a gallant front-running Brallos Pass, driven by Ellen Tormey, in night’s second heat.
They went a slick 1min58.5sec mile rate for he 2600m, compared to Reciprocity’s swooping first heat win in a 2min0.4sec mile rate for father-and-daughter team Peter and Kerryn Manning.
There’s no doubt San Carlo is the class factor and with Brallos Pass drawn inside the back row and Reciprocity also on the back row, Bartley holds all the aces with the hot favourite.