Firm Track Required for Curren Mirotic in 2016 Melbourne Cup

July 20th, 2016

Jockey Tommy Berry is confident that Japanese raider Curren Mirotic will prove exceptionally difficult to beat in the 2016 Melbourne Cup (3200m), should the veteran stayer find a dry track at Flemington Racecourse on the first Tuesday of November.

Tommy Berry will partner Curren Mirotic in the 2016 Melbourne Cup. Photo: Taron Clarke

Tommy Berry will partner Curren Mirotic in the 2016 Melbourne Cup. Photo: Taron Clarke

A rising nine-year-old, Curren Mirotic has posted six race and wins and a further twelve minors through his thirty-six career starts so far, and has shown a clear affiliation with racing at two miles; having finished third and second respectively in the two most recent editions of famed the Group 1 Tenno Sho (3200m) in Kyoto.

Berry has already been confirmed to ride the Heart’s Cry gelding during his Australian Spring Carnival tenure this year, and is confident the horse will perfectly suited to the 2016 Melbourne Cup conditions should the Flemington track maintain a strong integrity.

“He’s had two runs on Soft tracks before, and was disappointing both times,” Berry said.

“You can’t take away what he did the start before over 3200m at Group 1 level.

“He was beaten a nose, and he’s got good form behind Fame Game from the previous year over the same trip.

“He’s an exciting stayer; he’s obviously getting on in age a bit now.

“They (Japanese stables) have been bringing stayers over who have been getting back in the Cups.

“It’s been a bit disappointing with how the track’s played or the speed in the race, so they’ve targeted a horse who can race on the pace and Curren Mirotic looks to be a leading contender.”

Curren Mirotic returned to racing in smart form in 2015; running fourth in the Group 2 Hanshin Daishoten (3000m) leading into his third in the Tenno Sho.

Running third in the Group 2 Kyoto Daishoten (2400m) most notably through a three race preparation later in 2015, Curren Mirotic resumed this year for sixth in the Hanshin Daishoten leading into the Tenno Sho, but failed to fire when eleventh in the Group 1 Takarazuka Kinen (2200m) most recently on June 26th.

Curren Mirotic is currently available at early 2016 Melbourne Cup odds of $21 with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.