A tilt at the Ballarat Cup awaits Regalo Di Gaetano if he can continue his winning form in Saturday’s $107,250 Listed John Letts Cup (1800m) at Morphettville.
The lure of the $500,000 Listed feature at Ballarat is impossible to ignore for the Jolly stable if the horse continues his progression at Morphettville on the weekend.
“It’s worth half a million, so that race at the 2000m just fits in perfect,’’ co-trainer Richard Jolly said.
“We’ll get over Saturday first, but that will be his aim,’’ he said.
It shapes as the showdown between two last-start Cup winners, Regalo Di Gaetano coming off an impressive second-up win in the Murray Bridge Cup, while Sign Of Ussuri is backing up from his narrow victory in last week’s Gawler Cup.
Jolly said Regalo Di Gaetano had taken plenty of improvement from Murray Bridge and his work leading into Saturday had been first class.
“He worked brilliantly on Tuesday and if he can have some luck in running, he’ll be hard to beat again,’’ Jolly said.
“I thought he was a top five chance at Murray Bridge, he was perfectly ridden, and he should be primed for the John Letts,’’ he said.
Sign Of Ussuri is one of three Tony and Calvin McEvoy-trained runners in the race.
Meehni was beaten 4.4 lengths in the Murray Bridge Cup while Blow Torch produced an eye-catching run in the Gawler Cup and draws perfectly in barrier three.
Anthony and Sam Freedman have Aussie Nugget coming off a solid effort running fourth in the Moe Cup behind Ghodeleine while Murray Bridge horseman Mick Huxtable has stablemates Perfect Route and Ritratto.