In-form five year old Our Valdivia raced into Darwin Cup calculations with a tough win in the $50,000 Sky Racing Metric Mile (1600m) at Fannie Bay in Darwin last Saturday.
The Lisa Lefoe trained Our Valdivia made it a hat trick of wins when regular rider Paul Denton drove him home for a one and a quarter lengths win adding to his two previous victories in restricted class over 1600n at Fannie Bay.
Our Valdivia is now listed at $7 for the Darwin Cup with Ladbrokes.com.au and shares the fourth line of betting with Metric Mile runner up Whistle Stop.
Part owner Greg Stewart said that it was very exciting seeing Our Valdivia draw away to win the Metric Mile and he is very much looking forward to see him running in the $200,000 Carlton Mid Darwin Cup (2000m) at Fannie Bay next Monday.
“It was a very exciting result for us,” Greg Stewart told NT News.
“We were a bit concerned coming to the turn but his stamina kicked in and he was able to pull away.”
“The owners in this horse are spread right around the country, including some from the eastern seaboard — they are all thrilled about the win.”
The Gary Clarke trained Lightinthenite remains at the top of the Darwin Cup market order at $4 ahead of the Angela Forster trained Montalto at $4.20 and the in-form Finke at $4.40.
Montalto ran fourth last start to Our Valdivia in the Metric Mile but will be better suited over the 2000m of the Darwin Cup after winning over that distance in the $110,000 XXXX Gold Alice Spring Cup on May 2.
Lightinthenite’s stalemate Finke is the winner of his last eight starts and is in contention for the Ladbrokes Triple Crown $100,000 Bonus if he can win the Darwin Cup after winning the $70,000 Hot 100 Darwin Guineas (1600m) on July 2 and the $135,000 Ladbrokes NT Derby (2000m) on July 16.
Darwin Cup market order at Ladbrokes.com.au: $4 Lightinthenite, $4.20 Montalto, $4.40 Finke, $7 Our Valdivia, Whistle Stop, $9 Saturday Sorcerer, $11 Royal Request, $13 Big Man, $15 Moon Devil, $17 Orion, $21 Abu Dhabi, Canny Ballad, $26 Flying Tormenta, Spartan Eagle, $34 Pretty Blonde, $41 Adjuster, $51 Kayno, $101 Celebrakti, $151 Moonlight Hussler.