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Godolphin gelding can cause Doomben Cup boilover

Steve Bennett in News 17 May 2019
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James Cummings (PA Images)

With the runs already on the board (and experience as well), the James Cummings-trained Tally is capable of causing a real boilover in this Saturday’s Doomben Cup.

The six-year-old Street Cry gelding has quite an attractive resume going into Saturday’s Group One event. 

Most of his racing has been conducted in Victoria with a few trips to Sydney thrown in as well.

His achievements are well worth noting with two wins at Group Two and another two at Group Three level already behind him.

Highlights of his achievements to date include victory in the Group Two Autumn Classic (1800m) at Caulfield which he franked next start by winning the Group Two Alister Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley over the famous Cox Plate trip of 2040 metres.

He then finished third behind Tavago in the Group One Australian Derby at Randwick before spelling for five months.


A return to the track saw him finish third to the multiple Group One-winner Hartnell when third-up in the Group One Turnbull Stakes (2000m).

He also finished third in the Group Three Lexus Stakes (2500m) on Derby Day behind Oceanographer and Tom Melbourne.

More recently, he won last year’s Group Three JRA Plate (2000m) at Randwick in April and returning in the Spring, took out the Group Three Eclipse Stakes (1800m) at Sandown, beating home  He Ekscels and the handy Lindsay Park galloper Muraaqeb.

The six-year-old’s first look at the Doomben track turned out to be a victory over Tumultuous and Endless Days in the Shoot Out Quality (2200m), three starts back.


Tally - Winning his only Doomben start  (PA Images)

His latest effort saw him finish mid-field in the Group Two Hollindale Stakes (1800m) behind Life Less Ordinary at the Gold Coast which was run on a Heavy 10 and that  simply didn’t suit him.

With very little to no rain forecast for Brisbane over the next five days, the track is currently being rated as a Good 4 and with eight of his nine career victories coming on top of the ground, this vastly improves his chances here.

He has drawn wide for the Cup (gate 16) but if winning rider Tim Clark can cross and find a sit somewhere around mid-field with cover, he will get his chance to figure in the finish from there.

Clark was aboard when he won the JRA Plate last year and again for the Hollindale and has chosen to stick with him here. 

He will be second-up on Saturday where he has won before and won his only start on the Doomben track three starts back. 

Life Less Ordinary looked impressive winning the Hollindale Stakes but will have to compete with other horses who perform at their best on a dry track.

Currently a $34 chance with Sportsbet, Tally looks exceptional value here and can give this field a huge fright on Saturday.



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