Horse Racing

Truly Great all set for Perth Cup test

Kingston Town Classic winner Truly Great remains a firm favourite for Saturday’s Group 2 Perth Cup despite pulling a wide gate at Tuesday’s barrier draw in the west.

The Grant and Alana Williams-trained five-year-old remains a $2.20 chance with TAB.com.au for the $400,000 feature after drawing barrier 12.

Truly Great will go in search of three consecutive stakes successes after winning the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic and Group 2 Ted Van Heemst Stakes at his past two starts.

Star jockey William Pike has been tasked with piloting Truly Great on the weekend with a top weight of 60kg.

Stablemate Midnight Blue ($9) will ensure the Williams team have a two-pronged attack with Pat Carbery set to ride the stayer.

Jockey William Pike rides Truly Great. Photo: Reg Ryan/Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

The big name stables of Neville Parnham and Lindsey Smith will provide the main challengers to the Williams’ chances of securing another West Australian feature.

The Parnham-conditioned Neufbosc sits on the second line of betting at $5.50 after the one-time Melbourne Cup runner took out the Listed A.T.A Stakes on Boxing Day.

Parnham also has Platoon ($11) which finished third behind Truly Great in the Ted Van Heemst with the Smith-trained Trap For Fools ($10) splitting the pair on that occasion.

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant Perth’s Summer Carnival went ahead this year without a large contingent of interstate raiders.

However, Mornington trainer David Brideoake will saddle up Princess Jenni ($9) in the feature after the daughter of High Chaparral last featured when runner up at Flemington on December 19.

The final field and form for the Group 2 Perth Cup can be found via Racenet HERE.

Originally published asKingston Town winner eyes Cup glory

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