Orson Throws Down Perth Cup Gauntlet

VICTORIAN star Orson Allen set the time-standard for next week's Group 1 Sky Racing Perth Cup Final (520m) with a near record 29.32 heat performance on Saturday night.

Adam Dobbin

16 March 2019

VICTORIAN star Orson Allen set the time-standard for next week’s Group 1 Sky Racing Perth Cup Final (520m) with a near record 29.32 heat performance on Saturday night.

On a night where champion stayer Tornado Tears broke the 715m track record winning his Group 1 Galaxy heat by 18-lengths, the six Perth Cup heats were shared between Victoria and Western Australia three apiece.

Following Orson Allen’s breathtaking 9 1/4 romp in the opening qualifier for trainer Correy Grenfell, Australian Cup winner Dyna Patty stepped out in the second heat, recording a gritty 29.87 victory for trainer Andrea Dailly.

Watch Orson Allen’s Sizzling Perth Cup heat victory

Overcoming plenty of trouble heading through the first turn, the daughter of Fernando Bale charged home to down Kiss Me Linda in the latter stages, justifying her short quote.

Local star Campini continued his sharp rise in the third heat, the son of Kc And All and Fantastic Dotty a stylish 29.77 winner for Paul Stuart.

Winner at nine of his 14 starts, all at Cannington, the white and black chaser has posted 29.43 at the venue and is a live chance of delivering Paul Stuart another Perth Cup triumph following Dyna Nalin’s victory back in 2013.

Group 1 National Sprint winner West On Augie continued his great form in heat four for trainer Chris Halse, the son of Fernando Bale a 2 3/4 length victor in 29.72.

Finishing down the track in last year’s Perth Cup Final behind Trouper Monelli, West On Augie will head into this year’s finale as a much more seasoned galloper, and is without doubt one of the leading chances.

Last year’s Perth Cup third place-getter and 2018 Australian Cup winner Hecton Bale worked his way into another Group 1 final in the next qualifier for trainer Enzo Crudeli, who is searching for another Perth Cup success following the win by Equanimity in 2017.

The final qualifier went to Victorian star Hasten Slowly for Angela Langton and caretaker trainer Chris Halse, class rising to the top with his 29.79 heat success.

Meanwhile, Tornado Tears will start a piping hot favourite for the Group 1 Galaxy Final following his track record breaking 41.25 heat performance.

Watch Tornado Tears Tear Up The Clock in his Galaxy heat victory

The second heat was taken out by Outshined in 42.39 while the third qualifier was won by Reidy’s Runner in 42.01, meaning the freakish Tornado Tears has almost a full second on his rivals heading into Saturday’s $100,000 to-the-winner finale.