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Osborne Bulls to equal Everest peak at Flemington

Mike Hedge

An outstanding last-start effort by Osborne Bulls can be repeated when he runs in Saturday’s G2 Linlithgow Stakes at Flemington over 1,200 metres.

Osborne Bulls (Hugh Bowman) finished third in Australia’s richest race, the A$13 million The Everest, and according to his trainer he can repeat the effort in a race that shows every sign of being a couple of classes lower.

“He’s flying, he came out of The Everest as though he hadn’t had a run,” said James Cummings.

“You wouldn’t believe he could run a race like he did and still be bouncing a couple of days later.

“We’re delighted with him.”

The five-year-old son of Street Cry carried weight-for-age of 58.5kg in The Everest and goes up only 0.5kg here in a race his trainer is hoping will set up Osborne Bulls for Perth campaign.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how he handles the straight track, it opens up the options for us both here and maybe interstate.”

Osborne Bulls heads an undercard on Saturday’s Derby Day meeting that also includes the progressive Ranier, Tally and the mares Resin and Jorda.

Ranier runs in the G3 Carbine Club Stakes, a race that could determine his autumn classic prospects.

“The Carbine Club is a very hard race to win, and if he could do that then he’s going to be a Guineas horse next autumn.”

“Horses like Kermadec who weren’t quite mature enough in the spring were capable of winning the Carbine Club and coming back and winning better races in the autumn.

Cummings is hoping to see a return to form by Tally in the G3 Lexus Handicap.

“The blinkers go back on and his trackwork is that of a horse who is ready to run a big race,” he said.

The Flemington line-up is completed by Resin (James McDonald) and Jorda (Craig Williams) in the G3 Furphy Stakes.

“I couldn’t help but be impressed with Resin’s storming victory at Randwick,” Cummings said.

“Although she’s back half a furlong in distance, she’s got a bit of class.

“Jorda’s last win was over this course and distance last spring and we’re hoping she can find the same form again.”