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Frank Underwood Cup looms as race to watch



On a quiet day in the racing world, the Listed ATC Frank Underwood Cup looms as the feature race as the post-spring carnival lull sets in.

The $100,000, 2200m event is a tough one to pick, given the lack of exposed quality form in the eight-horse field.

You need look no further than topweight Fiumicino, the bookies' second elect, as evidence of that.

The nine-year-old gelding hasn't won in 1337 days, coincidentally on the same day Phelan Ready registered his last win in the 2009 Golden Slipper.

The Chris Waller-trained Moriarty looks likely to start favourite and looks the safest option.

The four-year-old gelding has backed up four straight wins by finishing second in his past two starts, including a last-start second to Cantonese in a Benchmark 88 over 2000m at Rosehill a week ago.

The issue is, however, can he last the distance? Moriarty's had five wins in 20 starts, but hasn't saluted at a distance further than 1800m.



The gelding is the favourite for a three-year-old race over 1440m at Caulfield, and for good reason.

The Anthony Freedman-trained runner finished fourth in the group 3 Inglis Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) four weeks ago.

Race winner Lunar Rise and runner-up Tatra went on to finish second and first respectively in the group 2 Sandown Guineas.

So, Union Gap's form stacks up well against this lesser quality opposition.


How to invest your $20 on Saturday. $10 WIN Caulfield race 3, No.2 Union Gap

Looks to be clearly the one to beat given its superb form line through the Caulfield Guineas.

Is very lightly raced and has been freshened up for this with a four-week spell.

His sole win in six starts came over 1300m, but the distance won't be a problem after a close-up fourth behind Lunar Rise and Guineas winner Tatra last start.

$5 WIN Warwick Farm race 4, No.2 Moriarty

In a race with very little exposed form, the favourite is the safest option.

Has displayed tremendous consistency with four wins and two seconds in his past six starts.

Also has a top jockey on board in Corey Brown.

$5 WIN Eagle Farm race 2, No.3 Poste Restante

Warmed up for this 2118m open handicap nicely by edging out Dane Princess in an 1830m race on the same track three weeks ago.

Has in-form Queensland jockey Michael Cahill on top.

Its major rival looks to be Trajet, who looks ready to win after minor placings in 2200m and 2400m events at Eagle Farm its past two starts.

2012 COLLECT: $900.75


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