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Captain Envious the right horse in Ballarat Cup

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Paul Preusker with Captain Envious lands final Victorian Spring Carnival feature at Ballarat.

CAPTAIN ENVIOUS winning the Sportsbet Ballarat Cup at Ballarat in Australia.
CAPTAIN ENVIOUS winning the Sportsbet Ballarat Cup at Ballarat in Australia. Picture: Racing Photos

A wet end to the Spring Carnival in Victoria played into the hands of Horsham-based trainer Paul Preusker as five-year-old Captain Envious took out the Listed Ballarat Cup (2000m).

Starting the $3.70 favourite, the gelding ploughed through the heavy conditions to score by 2½-lengths ahead of Young Werther ($6.50) – who placed in the Group 1 Champions Stakes (2000m) at Flemington last month – with Just Folk ($5) in third.

Plotting a path through the Country Cups Final at Caulfield on November 18 with a third placing behind Claidheamh Mor, notched a fifth victory in 16 starts to add to six placings.

"I always like having the right horse for the right job, and it's only now that I thought about targeting the race," Preusker said.

"He's got that blistering turn of foot. He's turned into a nice horse, handles wet and dry.

"I thought let's have a go here. I didn't want to stay him out this prep, so 2000 metres ticked the box."

Though reluctant to set higher aims, the Listed Warrnambool Cup (2350m) in May could be an option for Captain Obvious in the new year.

On this Ballarat Cup display, a wet winter would hold no fears for Captain Envious in staying features.

"He quickened up like it was a good track," jockey Michael Dee said.

"He ploughed through that. He was running away from them on the line and he took time to pull him up.

"It was a super effort."

Consistent performer Foxy Cleopatra ($4.60) finished second-last in the field of nine in her first outing on heavy ground.


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Saturday, 09th December 2023

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16:20
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Sportsbet Ballarat Cup (LR)

WT: 54.0kg Type: OPEN
AUD $500,000
2000m TURF HEAVY
8
16:20
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AUD $500,000
2000m HEAVY

Sportsbet Ballarat Cup (LR)

WT: 54.0kg Type: OPEN


FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 10. CAPTAIN ENVIOUS (NZ) 5yo G
SAVABEEL (AUS) - MY CENTRAL (ITY)
MICHAEL DEE
PAUL PREUSKER
$3.7
54kg
Ultra Racing (Mgr: P S Buckley)
2nd 1. YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) 6yo G
TAVISTOCK (NZ) - ROMANTIC TIME (NZ)
BILLY EGAN
DANNY O'BRIEN
$6.5
60kg
D T O'Brien, Mrs J O'Brien, B A Ainsworth, T H Rourke, J F Hardwick, A C Lennen, S W Bruhn, C Kopacz & Salter Pastoral Company (Mgr: R C Salter)

Sales Information

3rd 2. JUST FOLK (AUS) 7yo G
MAGNUS (AUS) - FAST RUBY (AUS)
JOHN ALLEN
GAVIN BEDGGOOD
$5
59kg
D J Elliott, Mrs C A Elliott, Ms L B Korgvee, R A Alexander, Mrs S L Roderick, B R Hurst, H Kelly, M F Dickens, R W Mair, T Hunter, A J Graeber, N Hungerford, P J Murray, C Miller, R J Hickey, A N Woff, M T A Connell, The Hippologists (H Terry), Here's Luck Racing (J Deveney) & Mailbag Bloodstock

Sales Information

4th 12. EN FRANCAIS (AUS) 6yo M
PUISSANCE DE LUNE (IRE) - DETOX (AUS)
LACHLAN NEINDORF
JAKE STEPHENS
$19
54kg
5th 5. SWORDS DRAWN (AUS) 8yo G
CAMELOT (GB) - SARVON (AUS)
DANIEL STACKHOUSE
MICHAEL MORONEY
$14
55kg

Sales Information

6th 11. RED SUN SENSATION (AUS) 4yo G
AWESOME ROCK (AUS) - SOCIETY GAL (NZ)
JAMIE KAH
PETER G MOODY & KATHERINE COLEMAN
$6.5
54kg

Sales Information

7th 3. REGAL POWER (AUS) 8yo G
PIERRO (AUS) - BROADWAY BELLE (AUS)
JAMIE MOTT
JOHN LEEK (JNR)
$26
56kg
8th 8. FOXY CLEOPATRA (AUS) 4yo M
AMERICAN PHAROAH (USA) - CASUARINA FOREST (AUS)
CRAIG WILLIAMS
TRENT BUSUTTIN & NATALIE YOUNG
$4.6
54kg

Sales Information

9th 6. MIDNIGHT BLUE (AUS) 7yo G
SO YOU THINK (NZ) - MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (AUS)
HARRY COFFEY
MARK WALKER
$41
54kg

Sales Information

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