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Bendigo Distance Only Concern For Furrion

Tuesday, 30th October 2018

Perched mid-way between last Saturday’s sensational Cox Plate Day and next Saturday’s always exceptional Victoria Derby Day, this Wednesday’s Bendigo Cup meeting provides a perfect filler for Spring Carnival aficionados. It’s no secret that Furrion is considered one of the most exciting young stayers in-waiting in the country, and yet there is still a question mark hanging over the Darren Weir-trained 4YO son of Camelot as he tackles his first assignment over 2400m. Getting close to even money for the Bendigo Cup, Furrion started odds-on in the Cranbourne Cup (2025) but had to settle for third when unable to reel in a determined Octobello and Sully. In Furrion’s favour is the shape of Bendigo’s track where the big striding gelding will have the luxury of a much longer home straight. Last start Gr1 Metrop winner Patric Erin makes some appeal but has been slugged an extra 7kg for his premier class victory, and Sir Isaac Newton looks a likely eachway hope. The blowout chance, despite fading to finish last of seven in the Gr3 Coongy, is kiwi raider Sir Charles Road. Drawn to get a soft run, Sir Charles Road defeated last Saturday’s plunge horse Ventura Storm over 2600m in Royal Randwick’s Gr2 Chairman’s Quality last April a week before placing in the Gr1 Sydney Cup. He’s been solidly specked since markets first opened, firming from doble figures into $8.00.

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