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  • Writer's pictureJohn Curtis


TUESDAY, April 9, 2024: If Saturday’s Sydney Cup was a walking race, it’s a sure bet Torrens would be hard to beat.

Hawkesbury trainer Marc Chevalier has revealed how he gets the seven-year-old stallion ready for a race – and it will be the same for the $2m Group 1 Cup (3200m) at Royal Randwick this Saturday.

“Torrens has a unique personality,” Chevalier said.

“He is a very kind horse at home in his box, but it’s a different story when he goes to the races.

“He hates being in a stall, so we keep walking him until his race comes around and we put the saddle on.”

Barring no further dramas, Chevalier will have made it “third time lucky” getting Torrens to a Sydney Cup.

A suspensory problem ruled him out in 2022, and he pulled a muscle on a heavy track in the Group 2 Chairman’s Quality at Randwick last year and was unable to back up a week later.

Chevalier withdrew Torrens from last Saturday’s Chairman’s (2600m) fearing a very heavy track (though it raced unbelievably well considering there was so much rain), and said the horse’s Singapore owner was keen to see him run this year in the “two miler”.

“We will find out how he manages the 3200m, but of course it would have been better if we had been able to give him that lead-up run in the Chairman’s,” he said.

“But he worked well over 1600m on the course proper at Hawkesbury this morning, and is in great order.

“It will be very exciting to have a runner in a Group 1 at The Championships.”

Chevalier also is keen to start his form filly Everyone’s A Star at the meeting in the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) against her own sex.

“Whilst she has won her last two on the Kensington track midweek, this is a different proposition,” he said.

“However, she is going well and it will be a good lead-up to a Midway Benchmark 72 Handicap (1100m) at Rosehill a fortnight later.”

. Central Coast jockey Jenny Duggan will ride Torrens in Saturday’s Cup; her second Group 1 ride.

She also partnered him when 11th as a $71 chance to odds-on favorite Just Fine in The Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick last September.

Torrens is the $101 rank outsider for the Cup, and has drawn barrier 13 in a field of 16.

Duggan is exercising to ensure she rides the horse at his 51.5kg handicap.

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