Matthew Dale prepares two-pronged attack on Moruya Cup

Matthew Dale looks to have two good chances win Monday’s Moruya Cup. Photo: AAP.

The in-form Matthew Dale yard boasts two very good chances in Monday’s $75,000 Moruya Cup, with Five Kingdom and Toretto taking on the Big Dance and Little Dance qualifier. 

Five Kingdom, which will be ridden by Billy Owen, is the $4.20 favourite to win the 1425m event, while his stablemate Toretto, which will have Jeff Penza in the saddle, is the $5.50 equal second favourite.   

“I think they are both genuine chances,” Dale said. 

“Five Kingdom is a quality horse that has to offset the weight and widish barrier, but he is trained down at our Moruya base, and he is going great.  

“Toretto looks well-placed on the minimum and with the good draw, and we expect both of them to race really good races.”

Toretto, which has the tendency to get back and finish races off strongly, has drawn gate three, while Five Kingdom is a noted on-pace type, meaning Penza will have to work his magic from gate 10. 

“They both have got different cases,” Dale said. 

“One (Five Kingdom) is a higher quality horse in the twilight of his career, and he needs to carry his weight and be up in the first five, and Toretto is down in the weights, he still has a bit to prove, and he will appreciate a fast-run race.

“The two have totally different profiles and it will be interesting to see how the race is ran.”

Dale, who has training bases in Goulburn and Moruya, won the Moruya Cup back in 2019, with Billy Owen guiding Animalia to victory in the feature race, and he hopes to repeat the effort on Monday. 

“We are really looking foeward to it. It’s our second hometown cup and we have had a stable there for a few years now,” Dale said. 

“Jamie Stewart runs that for me, and he does a great job, and we will be trying our best to win it again.

“We won it with Animalia a few years ago, and we have similar connections involved and I’m sure they would love to win it again.”

While Five Kingdom and Toretto will contest the Moruya Cup, the stable will also have Propose To Me (Amy McLucas) racing in the $50,00 Moruya Town Plate when jumping from gate six. 

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