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Cima De Triomphe Stars At Sandown Trackwork
Champion jockey Damien Oliver's enthusiastic 1st impressions of his Gr1 Caulfield Cup mount Cima De Triomphe were reinforced when he rode the horse again at Sandown trackwork yesterday morning. After he initially rode Cima De Triomphe last Friday, Oliver declared the grey felt "much stronger" than other horses he had ridden for Luca Cumani, including Purple Moon (runner-up in the 2007 Melbourne Cup) & Mad Rush (who started favourite & finished 7th in last year's Melbourne Cup). Oliver enthused Cima De Triomphe's gallop over 1400m yesterday (on a dead-to-slow track) was "better than last Friday" & the horse was "very fit" & had pulled up "good in the wind". Cima De Triomphe gave stable-mate Basaltico 6-lengths start in the gallop & finished a length in front without being pushed right out. Oliver summed up: "It was a very nice piece of work. He seems an adaptable sort of horse & he comes here with a bit better form than Purple Moon & Mad Rush, but the Caulfield Cup is never an easy race to win. They say he is a better horse on top of the ground, but he handled the conditions okay today. He feels like a stayer & I don't think the 2400m of the Caulfield Cup will bother him, but the 3200m (of the Melbourne Cup) is still unknown."