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24/2/2020 Mirage Dancer ticking along nicely for Australian Cup

With Victoria’s premier two-year-old race in their keeping, Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young have turned their attention to one of Australia’s oldest feature races.

The Cranbourne training partners are counting down to the 157-year-old Australian Cup following the performance of Mirage Dancer at Caulfield on Saturday.

After settling last, the import finished off stylishly to claim third in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m), beaten less than a length by Miss Siska, who settled in much more favourable position outside the leader.

“I thought his last 600 was absolutely super,” Young told RSN927’s Correct Weight.

“Ben Melham was absolutely stoked with the performance and we were absolutely rapt.

“The Grand Final is obviously the Australian Cup in two weeks’ time and I think he’s going to map awesome for that.”

Mirage Dancer was the standout sectional performer from the Peter Young Stakes, running the fastest last 1600m, 1400m, 1200m, 1000m, 800m, 600m (33.65secs), 400m (21.96secs) and 200m (11.08secs) of the race.

The son of Frankel is now on the $11 line in BetEasy’s Australian Cup market, which is headed by Peter Young Stakes runner-up Kings Will Dream at $4.80.

Mirage Dancer’s effort came just over an hour after stablemate Tagaloa won the $1.5 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes and while Young is yet to commit to a Sydney target, he is not at the end of his campaign.

“He’s still got plenty of improvement condition-wise,” Young said of the colt by Lord Kanaloa. “I don’t know yet, you could go (ATC) Sires, you could go Golden Slipper.

“He’s done his job already, but we’ll just see wat happens in the next few days.”