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SullySully Due for Winning Turn

Derby placegetter of last year, Sully (Reliable Man), hasn’t been far away in his last two starts and the Busuttin/Young trained 4YO should be at peak fitness when he lines up in the A$300,000 Group 2 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington tomorrow.

Sully finished an unlucky second to Ace High in last year’s VRC Derby at Flemington and returns to the same course and distance in Saturday’s time-honoured event on the fourth and final day of the Flemington Spring Carnival. The son of Reliable Man led up two starts ago on in the A$350,000 Cranbourne Cup on his home track only to be caught in the last few strides by Octabello; while his last start also saw him sent forward to lead in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup where he fought on strongly for fifth (beaten 2.5 lengths) behind Ventura Storm, Trap for Fools, and Libran.

Back to Flemington and from a reasonable gate, Regan Bayliss should have plenty of options on Sully on Saturday and it would be a deserved victory should he be able to return at the head of the field.

Another of the Reliable Man progeny returning to the track on Saturday is the talented Chris Waller 4YO Ombudsman who is scheduled to run in the A$120,000 Eden Brae Homes Handicap at Rosehill over 1400m. The distance is sure to be a touch short of Ombudsman’s preferred journey but the horse trialled very well recently and could sprint well while in a fresh state with inform rider Josh Parr taking the mount.

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