Winter Cup: In-form stayer Inverloch faces difficult task to win successive feature races

Co-trainer Trent Busuttin realises the odds are stacked against in-form stayer Inverloch in Saturday’s Listed Winter Cup (2400m) at Rosehill.

The last-start Listed Wagga Cup winner will need to overcome several challenges to prevail in a capacity field of 14 runners for the $150,000 feature.

Inverloch will be forced to lug the top weight of 60kg in the staying test with star jockey Tommy Berry set the task of navigating from an outside draw in barrier 14.

“He is not exactly ticking all the boxes is he,” Busuttin, who trains with Natalie Young, said.

“With that said, he is a gelding and a racehorse that enjoys his racing so we will give him his chance.

“If it was a 2000m event I would be happier but I am happy with the horse.

“He was supposed to go to the Premier‘s Cup up in Queensland last weekend instead but a minor mishap forced us to wait another week.

“The way that race panned out with the 100-1 shot going at it in front, he wouldn't have had a race run to suit anyway.”

Inverloch has given every indication he has put last week‘s setback behind him and will have on his side on Saturday is good form.

An upset in the Harvey Norman @mtcwagga Gold Cup thanks to a front running masterpiece from Mathew Cahill on the Trent @busuttin & Natalie Young trained Inverloch ($41), holding off dead heaters Spirit Ridge & Yonkers. @tabcomaupic.twitter.com/mEJWgKJwlp

The son of Fastnet Rock has won two of his past three including his gutsy all the way effort to capture the $200,000 Wagga Cup.

“He was obviously very tough at Wagga and that form was franked on Saturday with Spirit Ridge winning,” Busuttin said.

“The 2400m is at the top of his range but what you see is what you get with him.

“Inside or outside gate, he will roll forward and more than likely wind up in front. Hopefully he can give a good kick.”

Inverloch is rated a $11 chance with TAB fixed odds for the Winter Cup.

A date with the Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m) will follow Saturday’s assignment if all goes to plan for Inverloch.

Busuttin confirmed it was “doubtful” that stablemate Salsamor would take his place in the Precise Air Benchmark 94 Handicap (1800m) after drawing barrier 16.

Originally published asIn-form stayer faces difficult task in Winter Cup

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