2012 Warrnambool Cup – Race Preview

April 17th, 2012

Finiguerra will run in the 2012 Warrnambool Cup at Warrnambool Racecourse on Thursday May 3rd, 2012, after winning the $50,000 Hamilton Cup last start.

The five-year-old gelding won the race by a nose ahead of The Black Oak and impressed his traomer Darryl Dodson whilst doing so.

“It was only his fourth run in from a spell,” Dodson said.

“There’s still plenty of improvement in the horse. The $200,000 which is on offer for the Warrnambool Cup is a great lure.

“It’s the race we want to win.

“The Warrnambool Cup will be a tougher race to win because of the prize money on offer.

“The race will attract a better class horse but to win the Hamilton Cup on the way through is great.

“The horse has been lightly raced because of leg troubles when he was young. He’s got no problems now.”

Dodson is hoping for rain around the 2012 Warrnambool Cup, which will only help Finiguerra’s chances in the race.

“Warrnambool can get very wet at its May carnival,” he said.

“I just say the wetter the better as the horse loves wet ground.”

The trainer will put jockey Holly McKechnie aboard the five-year-old gelding after her winning ride last start.

“Holly came to me as a second-year apprentice from Adelaide,” Dodson said.

“She’s a very under-rated jockey.

“She rode the horse well.

“She’ll put her hand up to ride the horse in the Warrnambool Cup and I’ve got no problems with that.”

Finiguerra has won five of his 14 race starts and has earned more than $130,000 in prize money during his career.

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