Fifth Edition is very much in the zone at the moment and his record win in the Marlborough Cup yesterday even has his trainer Cran Dalgety reassessing his future.
“Sunday’s run has given me a big opinion change. Not many horses in his grade could cut the last 2400m in a 3200m race and go 4:00,” Dalgety said on his website.
Fifth Edition’s time of 4.00.4 in Sunday’s Winter Cup lowered the previous track record set by Chris Riley in the 2007 Marlborough Summer Cup, by three seconds, and was some five seconds quicker than the previous best time recorded in the Winter Cup.
After beginning well from his 20 metre handicap, driver Dexter Dunn quickly had Fifth Edition up parked, before taking the Mach Three gelding to the front at the 2400 metre mark. He then underwent some mid-race pressure before kicking strongly in the stretch to narrowly hold off a late charge from smart mare Here We Go Again.
Fifth Edition, who has won five on his last seven starts, has now won back-to-back Winter Cups after taking out the Nelson Winter Cup last Sunday.
“We have made some gear changes on him and it has really given him a competitive edge,” said Dalgety. “He has definitely lifted 10-20%.”
Fifth Edition has been nominated for the $13,500 ‘London Legend ‘ Winter Cup at Rangiora on Sunday and will take his place in the field provided that he comes through the Blenheim trip well.
Dalgety, who has now won four of the last eleven Marlborough Winter Cups’, was also successful in the Marlborough Cup Prelude with smart three-year-old Major Bubbles, who made it seven wins from just eight starts.
“He is a very nice horse who looks set for a bright future,” said driver Dexter Dunn. “He was hopeless as a young horse and couldn’t pace a yard but he has come along in leaps and bounds,” he added.
By Mitchell Robertson