Truly Inspired is back in the hunt for the Perth Cup (2400m) on New Year’s Day after finishing powerfully from last to win the A.T.A.Stakes (2200m) in a nail-biting finish. Staring favourite, the six-year-old pulled one back for punters after his shock defeat last start as market leader. After going back-to-back at Ascot in November, the lightly-raced gelding pulled up lame after running sixth to Coolth in a 2100m handicap race three weeks ago. The cerise and white army roar back.
2-BURNYA TO SURVIVE
It’s hard to disagree with the thoughts of trainer Jason Miller who believes Burnya To Survive is more than capable of reaching stakes company in the near future. The son of Bradbury’s Luck possesses a devastating turn of foot and used it to great effect when charging home to pick up Cheval De Vaga in the final stages and scoring by a soft one length margin. The five-year-old couldn’t get warm on soft tracks in the winter at Belmont but has not been beaten in two starts back this preparation.
Durrant bridges the gap on Neville Parnham and trails him by one in the premiership battle after a treble. Honest galloper Tri For Us commenced proceedings in race four, Real Danger brought up a race-to-race double over My Marlaina before ending the day on a big note when Truly Inspired consolidated Perth Cup claims after taking out the A.T.A. Stakes.
He’s getting his groove back with 11 winners in the space of a week. Today (Xmas Eve) he booted home outsider Pot Shot ($11.90) before bringing home favourites Burnya To Survive ($1.80) and Truly Inspired ($3.30), the latter inch perfect and patiently from the back of the field. Pike appeared locked in for a fourth victory in the last, but he was done in by Chris Parnham who sailed late on The Velvet Queen to collar Casino Seventeen on the line.
The former New Zealand horseman and father of WA trainer, Brock Lewthwaite, got off to the perfect start when he saddled his first Perth winner with his first starter Seeable. The War Chant mare, who displayed hot Kalgoorlie form in the winter, gave Brad Rawiller the first leg of a double and proved too hard to chase down after going to the lead mid race.
Brad Graham says Brave Venture will be an even better horse next preparation, but what he’s doing in the early part of his career has been more than impressive. The Toronado four-year-old is building a nice profile with three wins and a second from five race starts. After landing in the perfect spot for Chris Parnham, fourth before the turn, he dug deep to reel in Time Scale who was giving a ton of cheek in front.
His Perth Cup stocks were looking slim until Truly Inspired arrived with a timely run in the A.T.A.Stakes, giving the leading owner-breeder renewed hopes of bettering his record of 10 Perth Cups next week. Tabtouch has Truly Inspired currently at $5 for the Perth Cup, second favourite behind Alaskan God ($4).