Coast sprinter at Flemington, in hunt for fifth straight win
RACING: Golden Beach trainer Gary Duncan expects in-form gelding Tversky to give the MSS Security Sprint a genuine shake at Flemington on Monday.
The five-year-old is coming off the back of four straight wins, including an impressive last-start triumph over 1200m at Doomben three weeks ago.
"He's been going well and has been running good times. I think he's just matured a bit,” Duncan said.
"He was a bit of a late maturer but he's always had a bit of ability.”
Duncan has been in Melbourne for the past 10 days, with his first runner for Cup day.
Tversky has been staying at trainer Michael Moroney's stable, ahead of the Listed $150,000 race.
"He's in good condition and looks good. He's settled really well. He's a really content horse at the moment and is in a good space,” Duncan said.
With regular rider Dale Smith aboard, Tversky has drawn the outside barrier of 17, next to the crowd, for the 1200m dash down the famous Flemington straight.
"I'm hoping for a bit of rain ... just to soften the track,” Duncan said on Monday.
"But it probably won't matter up the straight. The outside (lane) might be the place to be.”
An $8 chance with Ladbrokes, Tversky's threats are Stampede and Kaonic, among others.
"It's a strong sort of a race but he should be a good chance,” Duncan said. "There will probably be a bit of speed inside him ... hopefully he'll be just behind the lead (in the run).”
Tversky hasn't tackled 1200m in a straight line and will race beside a massive crowd.
"We just have to go in and hope for the best,” Duncan said.