Tasmanian stayer Norsqui defied the best local and interstate stayers to take out Monday’s Adelaide Cup at Morphettville, his second feature race win in 18 months.
Trained by Walter McShane, Norsqui ($26) added the Adelaide Cup (3200metres) to the 2012 Mornington Cup, defying local Waratone ($15) to win by half a length with Victorian Dame Claire ($9.50) 1½ lengths away third.
”What a tough horse,” said winning rider Chris Symons. ”Every time I asked for an effort he gave it to me, he just kept finding the line.”
The victory was Symons’ first feature win back from an injury-enforced lay-off when he was hit by a car.
McShane was overjoyed with the win and said that he would continue to target feature staying races with the six-year-old while dodging the better stayers heading towards the spring.
”There are plenty of races for him,” he said. ”We don’t have to tackle the best.
”He’s such an honest stayer, he just gives his best whenever we ask.”
Victorian Lohnspresso, trained by Darren Weir, won the listed Centrebet Classic and will target more feature races during the Adelaide autumn carnival.
Another Victorian-trained runner, Gold Sand, won the C.S. Hayes Memorial Stakes at listed level for Lee and Shannon Hope.
■Having produced Super Cool to win the Australian Cup on Saturday, trainer Mark Kavanagh will set another of his outstanding three-year-olds on the road to the country’s most coveted races when Sheer Talent runs at Moonee Valley on Friday night.
Kavanagh said that despite Super Cool having run second in the Victoria Derby in the spring, he would now be restricted to middle-distances, leaving Sheer Talent to represent the stable in the Australian Derby in Sydney.
Sheer Talent takes another step towards that goal in the group 2 Alister Clark Stakes on Friday.
”Super Cool was my derby horse in the spring but Sheer Talent is the one that’s suited to the Australian Derby,” Kavanagh said.
Sheer Talent ran the race of his career when he won the group 3 C.S. Hayes Stakes at Flemington on February 16 and then ran right up to that effort next start in the Australian Guineas when third to Ferlax after coming from the outside gate in the 15-horse field at the same track.
”His Guineas run was as good as his win and he’ll be even better over more ground,” Kavanagh said.
The Australian Derby (2400 metres) at Randwick on April 13 is also the target for Fiveandahalfstar, the Victoria Derby winner and runner-up to Super Cool in the Australian Cup.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.