Tofane will audition for a slot in The Everest when she tackles Saturday’s Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) at Flemington.
The Mike Moroney-trained mare rocketed into contention for a start in The Everest with her win in the Group 1 All-Aged Stakes (1400m) and sound fifth in the Group I TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick in April.
Moroney is convinced the five-year-old is worth a punt from an Everest slot holder.
“She’d be in the top dozen horses, I would think, after a few retirements on what she did in the autumn,” Moroney said.
“On her runs in the TJ Smith and the All Aged, she’d have to be in the top dozen chances for the race.
“She’s about the sixth or seventh favourite in betting so if she’s going well enough, she’s the right horse for the race.”
Moroney, who also part-owns Tofane with prominent Melbourne owner Rupert Legh, said negotiations are ongoing with more than one slot holder for the $15 million event on October 17.
Tofane was a dominant winner down the Flemington straight. Pic: Michael KleinSource:News Corp Australia
But her performance first-up in the Bobbie Lewis Quality could seal the deal or produce other parties interested in doing a deal for The Everest. Tofane is a $4 favourite in early betting on Saturday’s Flemington sprint.
“We’ve got a couple of slot holders keen to see what her form is like for The Everest,” Moroney said. “There’s a pretty high chance of her getting a start.
“We’ve got her as forward as we can for Saturday because we’re trying to get an Everest slot.
“She’s forward enough to win if she can, still knowing there’s improvement in her.”
Damien Oliver will ride Tofane in the Bobbie Lewis Quality.
Originally published asThe Everest slot on the line at Flemington
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