Trainer Bernie Miller has given Cup Night the thumps up after a strong track gallop as the gelding prepares to claim his second stakes victory in the Listed Northam Cup (1600m) on Sunday.
Cup Night, a winner of the Listed Raconteur Stakes (1500m) in April, has won his past two races and defeated The Velvet King in a hard-fought contest two weeks ago.
The Velvet King validated the form line by winning the Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m) last Saturday which earned him a start in next month’s Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m).
Chasing a hat trick of wins, Cup Night is rated a $4.20 chance with Tabtouch. Hannans winner Tellem We’re Comin, from the Grant and Alana Williams’s team, the raging $1.75 favourite.
Miller said Cup Night was on target to be a major player in the Northam Cup.
“His work on Tuesday was good,” Miller told The Races WA.
“He needed it because I think he got away from us a bit.
“He got a knock to his off side hock last start, but it was only minor.
“He has pulled through that really well and has been super since.
“I’m really happy with him and his bloods are near perfect.
“I think he will run a mighty race.”
Cup Night, with 54kg, confronts a field of eight other rivals in the Northam Cup. Regular jockey Pat Carbery retains the ride and will jump from barrier three.
“I don’t want to be too close,” Carbery said.
“We know he has a turn of foot and we know he goes good from the second half.
“I will just see where the pace is and work it out from there.
“He goes into the race full of confidence.”
Miller confirmed the Northam Cup will see out Cup’s Night preparation. Despite claiming the scalp of The Velvet King he will resist the temptation of the Ascot carnival.
“After Sunday he will go out for three weeks and then get ready to race in February,” Miller said.
“He will target the Bunbury Stakes and Pinjarra Classic in the autumn.
“In 12-months’ time we might be talking the Ascot carnival.”