Bloomfield veteran ready to deliver in Tocumwal Cup

Delivered, pictured here after winning the 2020 Cowra Diggers Cup, will contest Saturday’s Tocumwal Cup for Narrandera trainer, Shane Bloomfield.

Shane Bloomfield will take a team of four to Tocumwal on Saturday, and the Narrandera trainer believes he is in with a chance on the non-TAB Southern Districts program. 

The feature on the day is the $20,000 Tocumwal Cup and veteran galloper Delivered will likely get a run despite being drawn as a second emergency. 

Cameron Quilty takes the ride for connections, and from gate five, Bloomfield believes the 10-year-old will be a big improver second-up over the 1300m journey. 

“He’s got to be a chance,” Bloomfield said. 

“Last start at Balranald, he was first-up, and he drew badly, and we just had to go back from the gate. 

“Plus, it was only over 1000m, and it doesn’t suit the old horse anymore because he has lost that edge with the sprint, and I want to take him to the Leeton Cup over the mile, so this looks a good race for him.”

The Bon Hoffa gelding did demonstrate his ability at Narrandera on October 29 when finishing a tidy second in the 1200m Benchmark 58 Handicap. Still, following a disappointing effort at Bathurst, he went for a spell. 

“We’ve had some foot issues with him, and after that good run at Narrandera, he did no good at Bathurst and wasn’t the same horse, and usually he is nice and calm, but he sweated up and just didn’t run well. 

“He’s come back good, and he should finish top five at Tocumwal on the way he’s been working so long as he handles the tight track.”

Retell appears to be the stable’s best chance in the 1300m Benchmark 45 Handicap, and from gate 10 and with Teighan Worsnop in the saddle, Bloomfield expects him to go close. 

“They race the Victorian way of going at Tocumwal, and he raced all of his early days in Victoria, so he should adjust and get on that right leg,” Bloomfield said. 

“He should have won at Balranald last start and was beaten a nose, and he is probably my best chance at Tocumwal. 

“I think with him, the penny has dropped, and he’s finding the line a bit better after that win, and the weaker racing grade helps him too.”

Another one of Bloomfield’s in-form gallopers is Roman Nero, which is coming off a good second at Balranald, and he will be a live chance in the 1600m Benchmark 50 Handicap, with Worsnop again in the saddle. 

“He’s coming along nicely, and I couldn’t be happier with him,” Bloomfield said. 

“He’s just a ball of muscle, and I think he can run a decent race over the mile.”

Bloomfield also has Kohinoor Lustre returning from a 21-week spell when making her stable debut in the 1100m Class Two Handicap, but he thinks the race will be a little short for her. 

“She’s started to pick up with her work, and we’ve had her for two and a half months, but she knocked her foot in the paddock and needed a break, but over the last month, she’s showing nice improvement,” Bloomfield said. 

“This is a bit short, considering she’s won over 1700m, but you have to start somewhere, and she’ll go around for the run.”

It’s set to be a massive day for Tocumwal on Saturday, with 95 acceptances on what is a bumper six-race card. 

Racing kicks off at 1 pm, and with the racecourse in fantastic condition and plenty of entertainment off-track, a considerable crowd should be on hand to celebrate Easter Saturday. 

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