Prying Tom Eyes Kalgoorlie Cup


Prying Tom has burst into Kalgoorlie Cup (2300m) contention after maintaining his excellent form at Belmont Park yesterday.

The Sharon Miller-trained six-year-old, ideally ridden by Alan Kennedy, completed a winning hat trick in a 2100m handicap.

Starting at $3, Prying Tom kicked clear inside the last 100m and defeated favourite Red Army by 1 ¼ lengths. Woodsville ran third.

Miller, who won last year’s Kalgoorlie Cup with Shinta Mani, said Prying Tom had been a revelation this campaign.

“He is going good and has really come of age,” Miller said.

“He is settling in his races which allows him to kick home strong.

“At the 600m he was going to be hard to beat.

“We will keep popping away and maybe think about the Kalgoorlie Cup.”

Meanwhile Classic Pro stole the limelight against a top three-year-old field with an upset victory in the Crown Perth Plate (1300m).

With the majority of pre-race attention focused on Simon Miller’s even money favourite Double Bubble, Classic Pro was written off as a genuine winning chance.

But aided by a gem Shaun O’Donnell ride, who waited patiently on the fence before pushing through, Classic Pro got up in the last bound and scored by short-head

Double Bubble held second position after attempting to lead all the way, just ahead of Pagan Image who ran an eye-catching third from last position.

Despite going out at double figure odds and posting his first victory in eight career appearances, trainer Mike Santich predicts a bright future for Classic Pro

“She can win a big race, trust me,” Santich said.

Julio Santarelli