Franco Nelson set for Geraldine Cup

The impressive 4yr old Franco Nelson, goes head to head today with an outstanding field assembled for the 2013 edition of the Geraldine Cup. The Christian Cullen entire ran two strong 2nds during cup week at Addington against the best intermediate grade pacers going around. He has made great progress since then and is "as good as can have him," going into today's feature relays John. "He feels super, but he'll need to be too, with two smart ones engaged in Saveapatrol and Arden Rooney. We've done a lot of work in trying to help him find the line better, to remedy the issue of him "knocking off in races. They'll know he's out there, I'm sure of that."

Overall, there are a number of strong chances on the day, with Nikola, Lumos and Graduate Under Fire all eachway hopes, while last weeks debutantes Mach Denario and All Royal Gal are at least a place chance.

John looks at the stable runners:

Race 1- All Royal Gal. "She's a nice trotter this filly and I thought she was a good hope at Mot 1st up. Unfortunately she broke early and that took her out of play. Until Sunday she had appeared foolproof. If the manners are there today she's in with a hope for sure."

Race 3 - Nikola and Mach Denario. "Nikola is what you'd call Mr Consistency. He's run four good placings at his last 4 starts, all against really nice horses. The draw today (one on the second line), is an issue, but if we can get off early and put him into the race he's a real chance." Mach Denario is in the same race and comes off a debut run for 6th last time. "Ross (Houghton) was pleased with his run the other day. He has drawn terrible as well, but I will be looking for him finding the line good. Probably a place at best in this one."

Race 6 - Lumos. "Meets another very good field for the "boys" race. Matt takes the drive and has a reasonable draw to work with for once. There is no questioning his ability, or how lethal he is with one run saved up. Today looks an ideal race for him to finally break through for win 3 of his career."

Race 11 - Graduate Under Fire. "His 1st up run on Cup Day was massive. He stepped and got to the top, but then got attacked most of the way, especially for the last 900m of the race. To kick on like he did reflects what a good horse he is. He will use his good stand start manners to good effect and grow's an extra leg on the grass. He's a big hope for the Beales' (owners Ray and Maureen). 


Posted: Sat 30 Nov 2013