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3/10/2019 Surprise Baby after cup berth

Adelaide Cup (Gr 2, 3200m) winner Surprise Baby (Shocking) will attempt to secure a guaranteed start in the Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) via The Bart Cummings (Gr 3, 2520m) at Flemington on Saturday. The lightly raced five-year-old, who is trained by Paul Preusker at Horsham, ran fourth first-up in the Feehan Stakes (Gr 2, 1600m) at Moonee Valley a month ago. "He's going super and I'm really looking forward to getting Saturday behind us and hopefully getting the ticket in," Preusker said. "He's furnished a bit more since the last prep and is a bit more tractable. The work has gone into him and he can come back now and race a bit softer so he could go forward, he could go back, it will be a matter of riding the race. He'll get the 2500 metres no worries, it's just luck in running that will stop him."


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