McEvoy Confident of Improved Pelicano in 2015 Hobart Cup

February 2nd, 2015

Pelicano has been a standout performer for Tony McEvoy since first appearing on course in mid-2011, and will be aiming to deliver the Hawkesbury trainer a fourth Cup title when lining up for the 2015 Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m) on February 9th.

Pelicano has been confirmed to contest the 2015 Hobart Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

Pelicano has been confirmed to contest the 2015 Hobart Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

Securing ten race wins and a further three minor places over his 27 start career so far, Pelicano has steadily built to the task this time in; overcoming a disappointing run for eighth in the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) first-up with a credible fourth in the Summer Cup (2000m) on Boxing Day before another disappointing sixth in the Listed Gosford Cup (2100m) most recently on January 9th.

Pleased with the work produced by the son of Court Of Jewels since the Gosford Cup, McEvoy told AAP he is confident the Tasmanian conditions will play into the strengths of Pelicano in the 2015 Hobart Cup.

“I thought he would be well-suited so he’ll go down for the Hobart and Launceston Cups,” McEvoy said.

“His last start I thought was a little bit plain in the Gosford Cup.

“He was given a good ride and Hugh Bowman was really happy with him but he said he just didn’t get around Gosford. When he had to quicken on the bend he just couldn’t get around there and he stayed on OK to the line.

“He’s trained on beautifully since so I’ll trust that he’s going well and we’ll head to Hobart.

“He’s sound and very well so I’m hopeful that he can find his form.”

Having taken out the Listed Birthday Cup (2035m) and Listed Parramatta Cup (200m) in succession over the early stages of 2013, Pelicano arguably found career-best form over the 2013 spring and summer seasons, highlighted by victories in the Listed Murray Bridge Cup (1600m) and Listed Werribee Cup (2600m) and a close second place finish to subsequent Group 1 champion The Offer in the Listed Ballarat Cup (2200m).

Included amongst a field of 28 nominations for the 2015 Hobart Cup, Pelicano is expected to be named among a final field by midday Thursday.

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