Punters get behind Mr Marathon Man in Wagga Cup

The Richard Litt trained Mr Marathon Man has been the early market mover in Friday’s Wagga Gold Cup. Photo: Bradley Photos.

Markets for Friday’s Wagga Gold Cup only opened early on Wednesday evening and already there has been a move in the $200,000 race, which will be held at Murrumbidgee Turf Club.

Punters snapped up the opening quote of $12 that was on offer for the Richard Litt trained Mr Marathon Man, who is already into $9.50.

Robbie Dolan will again take the ride on the Canberra Cup winner, who has collected almost $500,000 in prizemoney during his 46-star career that has yielded six wins. 

Since winning the Canberra Cup in March, the seven-year-old has had a short spell, before finding the line nicely first up over the 1400m at Royal Randwick on April 24.

“He won the Canberra Cup really well, and on that form, you would think he has to be a good chance,” Litt said.  

“His first up run was quite good over 1400m and we expect him to run quite well.”

Litt said Mr Marathon Man was always destined for the Wagga Gold Cup after winning Canberra’s feature staying race. 

“It’s always been the plan to be honest, we sort of focused on the Canberra Cup, and he has had some great runs in town, and we thought the Wagga Cup would suit him.

The So You Think gelding tends to over race at times, and Litt admitted that it had taken a while to work out the talented, yet enigmatic Mr Marathon Man. 

“He is a tricky horse, which is obvious if you look at his form,” Litt said. 

“He has the ability, but he has a few things haunting him.”

Litt is hoping Dolan can continue his good run on the Sydney galloper, before explaining that instructions more or less went out the window come race day.

“Robbie road him to win the Canberra Cup and that’s why he is back on,” Litt said.

“He (Mr Marathon Man) is an extremely tricky horse, he pulls in his races, he has been a big work in progress for about six months and we had to keep Robbie on board as long as we could.

“He isn’t the kind of horse that you can give a jockey instruction, he is extremely strong horse, so I’ll leave it up to Robbie.”

While punters are showing confidence in Mr Marathon Man, Litt explained that his chances would rely heavily on his mannerisms on the day.

“He is a very good chance, it’s just his racing manners – if he relaxes for at least the first half of the race, he should go well,” Litt said.

“We will travel up on the day and the four-hour trip should make him a bit calmer.” 

The Litt stable will have two big chances of feature race success at Wagga, with Black Duke the top weight and a $6 chance in the Murrumbidgee Turf Club Guineas.

Connections have drawn gate one and Nash Rawiller takes the ride in the 1400m $80,000 event for the three-year-olds

“He should go well. His run at Hawkesbury was excellent, he should have won but that wasn’t meant to be,” Litt said.

“He is carrying 62kg, but I’m not too worried about the weight, and with Nash on board, he won’t carry too much dead weight.”

The good draw won’t mean much either, with Litt suggesting that his Fiorente gelding would be last and storming home.

“I wish he drew 18 if I’m being honest, he will go back to last and fly home,” Litt said.

“I am hoping there will be good speed, I would be worried if he wasn’t at length last on the home turn, and everyone says Wagga is a big track and they say you can get way back, so it should suit him.”

In a huge day for the Murrumbidgee Turf Club, the Wagga Gold Cup headlines an eight-race-program rich with terrific country racing and feature events. 

Gates open at 11am, the first race jumps at 12.40pm and tickets are still available online.