Cranbourne trainer Greg Eurell has confirmed his talented mare Pinker Pinker as a starter in this year’s Cox Plate after her impressive second place finish to King’s Roseat Moonee Valley last start.
“She’s so honest and she’s such a fighter,” Eurell said.
“She’s just in the zone at the moment.”
Pinker Pinker finished just a head behind the winner despite racing wide throughout her entire run in the Group 2 Stock Stakes.
“I felt a bit sorry for her in the end, she was trying so hard she deserved to just stick her nose in front,” Eurell said of the race.
“It was a great honest effort.
“It was her first time at the Valley.
“She was facing the breeze all the way.
“She was definitely the widest runner of the race all the way.
“She bounced back into work Monday morning and in all honesty you wouldn’t even know she’d gone around.”
Eurell is now looking towards the Group 1 Epsom Handicap in Sydney for Pinker Pinker’s next run.
“(There is a) very strong chance that will happen,” he said.
“At this stage the focus is probably heading up there next week.
“If we head to Epsom and she runs credibly up there probably our next thought it to take her to the Cox Plate.”
Eurell has engaged jockey Glen Boss to ride Pinker Pinker in the Epsom Handicap.
Boss rode the Reset mare to victory in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes earlier this month.
“At that stage…Glen didn’t have anything really pencilled in… so it worked out well,” Eurell said.
The trainer will also take five-year-old Red Colossus on the same spring path as Pinker Pinker.
The Testa Rossa gelding finished fifth to Rekindled Interest in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley last start.
“Every time he’s raced at the Valley he never seems to race at his best,” Eurell said.
Eurell is yet to find a jockey to ride Red Colossus in the $500,000 Epsom.
“He too is heading up to the Epsom,” Eurell said
“He’s got 52 (kilograms) and a (we are a) little bit undecided at this time as who’s to ride him.
“Hopefully in the next 24-48 hours we’ll work that out.”
“His run in the Memsie I thought was a terrific effort”
“If it rains it doesn’t really affect them”