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Happy Trails To Peak In Australian Cup
Trainer Paul Beshara says that three-time Gr1 winner Happy Trails (Good Journey-Madame Flurry, by Perugino) is ready to peak at his third start this campaign in Saturday's Gr1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington, reports racing.com. The 7YO resumed with an encouraging fourth behind Dissident in the Gr1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield, before running a close second to Mourinho in the Gr2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at the same track 10 days ago. "He likes that long straight, that sweeping bend and that long straight, he can wind up, he's got a good turn of foot but he tends to wind up a fair way at Flemington, he's got the whole straight to do it," Beshara told RSNs Racing Ahead. "I'm always confident with him, in my eyes I'm very positive, I don't put horses in races to lose, I always feel they can win." Beshara said that after Saturday, Happy Trails will head to Sydney to run in the $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile at Royal Randwick. "There's a three-week gap from the Australian Cup to the Doncaster, so he'll just have a nice easy week and then we'll head up to Sydney on the 25th about a week-and-a-half before the Doncaster," Beshara said. "As you know the Doncaster 1600 you want a good 2000m horse to win it anyway, he should be freshened up and nice for that and that should make him cherry ripe for the Queen Elizabeth (2000m)."