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In-form runners galore to face KI Cup champion

A number of last-start winners and in-form runners will tackle tomorrow’s $25,000 Dudley Wines Kangaroo Island Cup – plus the 2019 winner.

In front of what will be a bumper crowd, top weight Table of Wisdom returns to defend his crown, after taking out last year’s 1880m cup as an even-money favourite.

Dennis O’Leary’s six-year-old gelding will need to be near his best, as this year’s field possibly boasts more depth than the 2019 line-up. However, Table of Wisdom is coming off a strong second over 1600m at Morphettville last Saturday behind Regalo Di Gaetano and will be ridden in the cup by 4kg-claiming apprentice Tatum Bull, meaning he carries 2.5kg less than last year.

The ex-McEvoy galloper will line up against a number of in-form runners, including Murray Bridge trainer Grant Young’s Diamonds Are, which posted a super-tough 1514m metropolitan win at Gawler recently, after travelling wide for most of the trip. Aside from an uncharacteristic run at Morphettville two starts back, Diamonds Are has been a model of consistency since being transferred to Young late last year and should prove hard to beat in the Cup.

Another last-start winner in the field is Bronski, trained in Naracoorte by Sue Jaensch. Bronski won his ‘home-town’ cup last start over 2000m and should be well suited by the Kangaroo Island Cup journey.

Rounding out the last-start winners entered for the KI Cup is trainer Ryan Balfour’s Mint To Be, which scored an easy win over 2057m at Strathalbyn last month.

Up to three horses could back up in the Cup, after all running well over 1750m at the same track yesterday.

They include Superveloce, which put the writing on the wall with a fast-finishing third behind Red Menace. It was Superveloce’s second placing from as many attempts at KI.

Murray Bridge trainer David Page’s Splash Some Cash is also a cup winner, claiming the Nhill Cup four starts back on Boxing Day. Splash Some Cash has a strong formline, finishing just behind Jackthegiantslayer – which finished third in last Saturday’s Listed Holdfast Insurance Birthday Cup at Morphettville – at Murray Bridge on January 11.

Cashing Up ran a solid fourth on Thursday and is also entered for the Cup – but the winning chances don’t end there. Add to that list Gary Searle’s Greycliff, which finished fourth in strong rating-68 event at Morphettville Parks at its most recent outing, plus recent Strathalbyn Cup runner-up Don’t Dismiss and trainer Emma Hubbard’s Igitur.


  1. Diamonds Are; 2. Table of Wisdom; 3. Superveloce; 4. Greycliff.

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