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Survived chasing Cup three-peat
November 30, 2017 Survived when racing in NZ Trish Dunell

Survived will chase a piece of racing history on Friday when he attempts to win a third Mount Gambier Gold Cup (2400m) in 18 months for trainer Archie Alexander.

The son of Zed has won the last two editions of the race when it has been run in May and his affinity with the unique circuit prompted connections to specifically target the Cup's maiden summer staging, in which he will carry the 59kg top weight.

The eight-year-old has mixed his form this preparation - he beat home subsequent Bendigo Cup runner-up Kiwia at Murtoa in October before a lacklustre performance on a Heavy 10 track at Naracoorte last start - but Alexander is confident he will be hard to beat if he runs up to his
best form.

"When he won it last year someone said that no horse had ever won the Cup three years in a row so we had it in the back of our mind as a bit of a challenge with him," Alexander said.

"He's sound and he's well but he's a very unpredictable horse.

"Three starts ago he beat Kiwia, who went on to run well in some nice races over the spring but then last start he was beaten at Naracoorte by a horse rated 56, albeit on a very Heavy track.

"With that rain they've had in the last few days and the forecast over the next couple of days, the track won't be rock hard so it should be ideal for him."

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