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Moroney: Tofane Will ‘Need Some Luck’ in 2020 VRC Sprint Classic

A high-class field of 10 will contest Saturday’s VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) at Flemington, and trainer Michael Moroney is under no illusions that his runner Tofane will need things to go her way on the day.

“She’ll need some luck in the run, but she is a Group 1 horse and good enough to win,” he said when speaking to racing.com.

The speedster had a tough run in The Everest (1200m) last start and will front up against four of her rivals from that contest again on Saturday, with Santa Ana Lane, Bivouac, Nature Strip, and Libertini all set to run in the VRC Sprint Classic.

“She ended up with a black eye, a closed eye, the next morning so there was a lot of kick back there and the only thing we can put it down to is that she swallowed some dirt in the run.”

“She does wear a Norton bit and they race with their mouths open slightly and she has probably copped some dirt down the throat because she was making quite a bad noise on pulling up and then all the way back to the parade area which she has never done before.”

Melbourne Cup-winning hoop Jye McNeil will ride Tofane on Saturday, who is a $15 chance in the VRC Sprint Classic.

*Odds accurate at time of posting article

HorseWinPlace
1Santa Ana Lane (7)J: Ben Melham 58.5kg T: A & S Freedman$8.00$2.50
2Nature Strip (9)J: James Mcdonald 58.5kg T: C J Waller$3.90$1.60
3Bivouac (6)J: Glen Boss 58.5kg T: James Cummings$3.70$1.55
4Hey Doc (3)J: Luke Currie 58.5kg T: T & C Mcevoy$11.00$3.30
5Graff (1)J: Damian Lane 58.5kg T: D T O’brien$17.00$4.40
6Zoutori (4)J: Jamie Kah 58.5kg T: M Ellerton & S Zahra$11.00$3.30
7Standout (8)J: Unknown 58.5kg T: G Ryan & S Alexiou$31.00$6.00
8Tofane (2)J: Jye Mcneil 56.5kg T: M D Moroney$13.00$3.60
9Libertini (5)J: Damien Oliver 56.5kg T: A J Cummings$7.50$2.45
10Fabergino (10)J: Jordan Childs 56.5kg T: Tiarnna Robertson$17.00$4.40