Jul 18

Thompson’s six aiming for Cup day success

Slate On Edge winning at Moonee Valley. The gelding will attempt to back that up with a win at Flemington on Thursday but not before trainer Brett Thompson searches for winners at Dubbo’s Melbourne Cup Day meeting today. Photo: GETTY IMAGESGulgong trainer Brett Thompson has a busy 48 hours coming up, starting at Dubbo today and culminating at Flemington on Thursday.

Thompson has six runners down to compete at Dubbo Turf Club’s non-TAB Melbourne Cup Day meeting, however a decision on whether The Sea Lady and Dane’s Rocket run will be made this morning.

Both horses competed on Derby Day but Thompson hasn’t ruled out backing them up.

“I’ll see how they are on Tuesday morning but I don’t think the runs would have taken much out of them, it wasn’t a hot day on Saturday,” he said.

“If they don’t run they’ll be scratched early but it will depend on how bright they are when I wake up on Tuesday.”

Of his other runners today, Thompson believes last-start Coonabarabran winner Who Gives a Hoot will be hard to beat in the Domain Benchmark 50 Handicap (1600m) while he expects Rexton to run an improved race in the Dubbo RSL Class 2 Plate (1400m).

“Who Gives A Hoot will be suited getting up to 1600m after winning at the 1400m last time and I expect he’ll be really hard to beat again,” Thompson said.

“In the same race Brooklyn Lad should go alright if the track is a bit softer than it was on Saturday.

“Rexton gets up to 1400m, which is ideal for him. He tries hard and even though his last run doesn’t look great I like his chances in this kind of race.”

After he gets through with today’s commitments, Thompson will pack the car and head off to Albury tomorrow where he will link up with current stable star Slate On Edge.

The gelding will compete in the final event of the Subzero Greys Challenge on Oaks Day at Flemington after winning the most recent heat of the series at Moonee Valley 11 days ago.

“The boys down there tell me he’s feeling better than he did before that Moonee Valley race, so that’s a good sign,” Thompson said.

“Six months ago we targeted the Moonee Valley race with him and it paid off.

“He’s done a good job for us this preparation and hopefully he can finish the series off with another good run.”

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