Feature Cups on graduate’s program

Feature Cups on graduate’s program17 Feb 2023

Upcoming opportunities to press for higher staying honours await Swords Drawn following his last-start success at Moonee Valley.

The son of Camelot posted his first win on Australian soil in the Listed Torney Night Cup over 2500 metres since the Cambridge Stud graduate joined Michael Moroney’s Flemington operation.

Runner-up in both of his lead-up outings, Swords Drawn was given a dream run in fourth spot by Craig Williams before they challenged at the top of the straight and drew out to win by 2.75l.

“He definitely deserved that, he’s been racing consistently all preparation,” stable representative Glen Thompson said.

“We put Craig on him and left him with an open book and he got into a beautiful spot and was too good for them.

“The G2 Adelaide Cup is definitely on the cards and he still holds a nom for the G2 Auckland Cup so that’s a possibility. Mike will sit down with the owners and make a plan.”

Swords Drawn was purchased at Karaka for $140,000 by part-owner Shaune Ritchie and won eight races, including the Listed Hawke’s Bay Cup, before he relocated to Melbourne.

Bred by Bob Emery, he is a half-brother to the G3 Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes winner Vigor Winner with their dam the Zabeel mare Sarvon who is a sister to the G1 Champagne Stakes winner Onemorenomore.