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Star Jumper Black And Bent Aimed At Melb Cup
Meanwhile owner Mike Symons “is determined to have his jumping wonder Black And Bent appear on racing's biggest stage” by running in the Gr1 Melbourne Cup, reported The Herald-Sun. Symons explained ratings expert Peter Howell has told him 5YO gelding Black And Bent (Black Hawk-Summer Gambit, by Bestebreuje) “would not have to improve to finish in the first 10 in the Cup” & noted: “Peter says Black And Bent would finish top 10 in 6 of the last 10 Cups & could finish top 5 if he improves his rating just a little. I realise it's a long throw from the boundary, but we believe in the horse & believe he is still open to improvement. Look, I'd like to get him there as much as an advertisement for jumps racing, to show that the best jumper is also a fair dinkum horse who deserves his place on the big stage.” However Symons said the “greatest hurdle for Black And Bent would be to qualify for a Cup start” because “he'd have to win a Moonee Valley Cup or Benalla Cup to get in”. Black And Bent lumped 73.5kg to an effortless hurdle win at Morphettville in Adelaide last Saturday.