Newcastle Cup Tempts Hyland
Monday, 6 September 2010:
Cranbourne trainer Chris Hyland has nominated the gelding for the Group 3 event over 2300m as well as an open handicap over 2500m at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
Whilst Crabs handles Moonee Valley well the $70,000 event carries considerably less prizemoney than Newcastle's flagship race and that is tempting Hyland to look at a trip north.
Hyland today said he was leaning towards a shot at the Newcastle Gold Cup.
"Whilst I have entered him for Moonee Valley on Saturday, the Newcastle race does look attractive," Hyland said.
"At this stage, there's a good chance we'll be heading up there."
Crabs, a gelding by Danasinga, has struck a rich vein of form, winning his last three starts in Adelaide and Melbourne - all over 2500m.
He was successful at Morphettville on July 31 and August 14 and then backed up a week later to score at Moonee Valley.
Crabs has won nine of his 49 starts at distances ranging from 1700m to 2500m.
Hyland made a hit-and-run trip to Sydney last month. His four-year-old mare Miss Phromily won over 1800m at Randwick on August 7, ironically beating another serious Newcastle Cup contender, local hope Lost For Words.
Another Victorian stayer Streetfighter - also prepared at Cranbourne by Terry Mathrick - won last year's Newcastle Gold Cup from subsequent AJC Metropolitan runner-up Lodge The Deeds.