Dane De Lago to contest $80,000 Cup

IN THE RUNNING: Peter Nestor's Dane De Lago will contest the $80,000 Muswellbrook Cup on Friday. Photo: JANIAN MCMILLAN (www.racinphotography.com.au)

IN THE RUNNING: Peter Nestor's Dane De Lago will contest the $80,000 Muswellbrook Cup on Friday. Photo: JANIAN MCMILLAN (www.racinphotography.com.au)

Dubbo trainer Peter Nestor will hit the road in search of some high profile and rich wins on Friday and Saturday.

First up is a trip to Muswellbrook’s showcase meeting, where Dane De Lago will take part in $80,000 Muswellbrook Cup (1500m) while on Saturday, Top Magic will jump in a $60,000 TAB Highway Handicap (1500m).

Cool Ice will also be in action at Muswellbrook in the Horsepower Skellatar Showcase Sprint (1000m), worth $30,000 as part of Racing’s NSW showcase meeting initiative.

Daniel Northey will ride Dane De Lago in Friday’s feature event, with the gelding to carry the bottom weight of 54kg.

The six-year-old ran fourth in the $30,000 Cotton Cup last start but has caved out a successful career, having come back from a broken pelvis after just three starts to win close to $100,000 and contest events like the Country Championship Final (1400m) at Randwick. The benchmark 56 rated gelding will have to produce a mighty upset to win the Cup on Friday, with Jeremy Sylvester’s Aomen, rated a benchmark 93, carrying the top weight while Pat Farrell’s Alart, a Country Championship Final winner, and Binalong Road, trained at Mudgee by Mack Griffith, have been regulars in metropolitan events.

At Rosehill on Saturday, Top Magic will be ridden by Blake Spriggs and will carry 54kgs in the $60,000 Highway Handicap.

The five-year-old heads in with winning form having scored wins at Coonamble and Warren in three starts this preparation.

The mare has three career wins from 12 starts.

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