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Local breeders Sandy Tait and Jill Nivison will have a nervous wait ahead of them as Cherry Tortoni prepares for the Group One Victorian Derby at Flemington on Saturday

Gelding Night of Thunder, who hails from Tortoni, and closely related to former track star Tie The Knot, was at his best on Saturday, winning Group 2’s Mooney Valley vase

The three-year-old, who was at the back of the field at the start of the 2040m race, made a devastating turn to circle the pitch and find the lead in the home turn, before holding Khoekhoe by 02 from a length, with Johnny Get Angry a further seven lengths in third

The victory will put the popular galloper in good stead for the Derby, with Cherry Tortoni now sharing the favoritism with Young Werther; a runner who was coincidentally scratched from the Mooney Valley slime on Saturday

Coach Patrick Payne was the first to admit the win was a huge turnaround for his disappointing seventh in the Spring Champion Stakes at Royal Randwick on October 10

« It’s amazing how things can change, I was dirty on myself after the Sydney race but it’s been a much better day, » said Payne

The Victorian coach was happy with his galloper’s efforts, but said he was still doing little things wrong

“From a trainer’s perspective I didn’t think he had a tough race We’ll never know but I still think he had something left in the tank,” Payne said. / p>

« He looked like he wanted to look at the stars when he came to the fore, but it was still good to see him win like that »

As for Saturday’s preparations, Payne said he would leave the care to Cherry Tortoni and how he stopped during the week

« We are really aware that I think he will be a sweet kid of four, five and six, » Payne said

« It was a good tune-up for the Derby, but if he’s showing us any signs that he doesn’t want to go, we won’t. »

Yet the fact that Cherry Tortoni is still a delighted little green jockey, Billy Egan, who has indicated he can win the Victorian Derby thanks to his natural abilities

« He has a lot to learn Seeing what he’s doing now, an all natural ability, is really nice, » Egan said

Egan patiently straddled Cherry Tortoni at the back of the field, setting him up gently before circling the pitch in a devastating movement

« Once we got down to the side I just gave him some wiggle room and let him pick up some momentum and throw himself over them, » Egan said

The matches didn’t have much luck in the barrier draw for the $ 2 million race, with Cherry Tortoni forced to jump from the parking lot to gate 14; the widest of all runners

There are plenty of local races over the next few days, although Tumut cannot run on Saturday

Wagga is running an eight-race program today, and an interesting runner is the Cattledog Cod coached by Kerry Weir returning in the 1000m Mad Scramble, which is a 1000m Open Handicap sprint

The enigmatic sprinter is more than capable on this day and has a practical record of five starts for two wins and a place, but failed to run a place of seven starts on tracks affected by rain

Connections pull gate four and Simon Miller will take over and Weir hope the track dries up before the race

Another talented local runner picking up at Wagga is Thistledo, trained by Dave Blundell, who draws gate 12 in the main event, the $ 27,000 Open Handicap over 1400m

Zariz’s gelding has not been seen since its sixth place finish at Wagga in June, but it also boasts solid top-tier form and good hit rate on soft runs, albeit without a win on surfaces. heavy

The eight-year-old will have Josh Richards in the saddle in what is a very difficult seven-furlong event

In other local meetings, Goulburn race on Sunday, Corowa on Monday, while Canberra and Moruya will be in action on Tuesday, which is also the day of the Melbourne Cup

There’s no stopping Aaron Bullock right now, with product Tumut straddling two other winners this week

Bullock led Timerox to a 1200m Maiden Handicap victory for Melanie O’Gorman at Coonamble on Sunday, before heading to Newcastle on Tuesday

The Singleton-based hoop jumped aboard General Soho for Paul Perry to win the time-honored Jungle Juice Cup, rushing a length to win the $ 37,600 event

Bullock will also be busy over the weekend, driving six times at Newcastle on Saturday and six times at Muswellbrook on Sunday

Megan Creed is getting closer to a race comeback and would have driven in Tumut on Saturday if it wasn’t for the meeting to be abandoned

Tumut’s hoop may have to wait for Gundagai’s Snake Gully Cup reunion before her first return from maternity leave, with coach Kerry Weir set to compete in the famously corrupt race at the inaugural event

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