Blair Orange has opted to drive Border Control in Friday’s $40,000 Pelorus Classic. But, that is on the proviso that he gets the drive back on the very classy Saveapatrol.
“Mark and Natalie are away holidaying in Brisbane, so I will take the drive on Border Control,” said Orange.”But they tell me I will retain the drive on Saveapatrol, which is a huge relief as he is a very good horse,” he added.
The pair look like the horses to beat in the Pelorus Classic, with both of them eyeing up the automatic entry into the $200,000 Chariots Of Fire that is granted to the Pelorus winner.
"I originally planned on taking Master Lavros and Saveapatrol over to Sydney in February, but there isn't a lot over there for Master Lavros leading into the Trans Tasman Challenge in early March, so Saveapatrol's trip may depend on the Pelorus result," said Mark Jones, who will take the drive on Saveapatrol on Friday provided that he can gain clearance.
"He seems really well, but it is going to be a tricky race to win. It is a joke that Franco Nelson was allowed to choose between Cambridge and Blenhiem," he added.
Also contesting Friday’s Waterlea feature are talented pacers Pacquiao and Franco Nelson. The latter is also targeting the Chariots Of Fire and has come up with the coveted ace alley for Friday’s assignment.
Meanwhile, a class field has also been assembled for the 4 & 5YO Futurity Stakes which will also be run on Friday at Cambridge.
“We have left Elios up there for that race to split him up with Franco Nelson in an attempt to get them both qualified for the Chariots,” said John Dunn. “He won’t beat Christen Me, but if he runs second and is the first four-year-old home he will get automatic entry,” he explained.
By Mitchell Robertson