Romanze Curran’s sole hope on cup day

ONE RUNNER: Danny Curran will have a relatively quiet Bendigo Cup day, unlike in 2014 when he had Caves entered in the feature race. Picture: JIM ALDERSEYROMANZE can earn herself a crack at a spring carnival race on Emirates Stakes day with a bold showing on Bendigo Cup day.
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The four-year-old mare is the only starter on cup day for local trainer Danny Curran, who faces a long wait until the final race on the card before seeing action.

His patience could well be rewarded, with Romanze given some hope on a solid run two starts ago in the Murtoa Cup, despite his 50-1 odds.

Curran said the mare had to be forgiven for a last start 10th at Cranbourne when she was knocked over at the start in the Pinker Pinker Inglis Plate.

“She’s a lovely horse – we’re still learning about her,” he said.

“We’ve got a lot of time for here and we’re hoping if she runs well that she’ll get a run at Flemington over the carnival in one of the minor races.

“She ran not too far off the leaders in the Murtoa Cup two starts ago and the winner of the cup ran in the Caulfield Cup, so that’s not too bad form.

“She has her share of ability.”

Opposition in the 1600m race will come from a trio of Bendigo runners, including two from the Brian Gentle stable, and Royal lady, a 100-1 shot trained by Curran’s daughter Anne Maree.

“It’s a horse she’s just got hold of and is doing some good work on the track – it hasn’t got great form,” he said.

“But you’ve got to be in it to win it.

“Anne Mareedoes a very good job with cast offs and with a very small number of horses over the years has had some success.

“Hopefully this is the start of another one for her, but hopefully she’ll run a very close second.”

Curran said there was no real rivalry, with both father and daughter owning a share in each other’s horses.

“We don’t care with which way it goes, as long as one of it;s gets the money,” he said.

Asked for his evaluation on Wednesday’s Bendigo Cup field, Curran, who last had a runner in the feature event in 2014 with Caves, said it was one of the more even in recent years.

“It’s interesting the number of stayers is down this year, even the Lexus, which is a lead-up to the Melbourne Cup, doesn’teven have a full field,” he said.

“The Geelong Cup had a small field and the Caulfield Cup field wasn’t full.

“It’s one of those years; it comes the cycles.

“The better horses are still the better horses, we have an international running and one of Lloyd Williams’, and Adam O’Neil has a local in it.

“It’s still a good race.”

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