Sailor plots course for Adelaide

Australian bred gallopers have won just 3 of the last 10 Adelaide Cups and Irish bred stayer Drunken Sailor is a clear favourite to capture this year’s edition next Monday.

Drunken Sailor (7g Tendulkar – Ronni Pancake by Mujadil) has a better form-line than last year’s British bred winner Muir who had been third home in the Roy Higgins Quality.

Drunken Sailor firmed into a $3.20 favourite for 2012 Adelaide Cup (3200m) after a resolute victory in the LR Roy Higgins Quality at Flemington last Saturday.  “He can’t go a yard at the track in the morning,” trainer Mike Moroney said.  “But he likes a fight on raceday.

“He quickened up nicely and arrived in front a long way out last Saturday.  Damien (Oliver) was as soft as he could be carrying 60kg.”

Drunken Sailor began his career in Ireland after being passed-in for 7,000 euros at the Goresbridge 2YO Sale in May 2007.  He started 13 times as a three year-old for wins at Fairyhouse, Down Royal, Ballinrobe and a Gowran Park hurdle before transferring to Luca Cumani.

He arrived on the international stage with a running double at Meydan in 2010 and graduated to a G3 victory in the Glorius Stakes at Goodwood last year.

His sire Tendulkar (USA) was raced by John Magnier.  After a debut victory at the Curragh in May 2001, he returned later that year to finish a close third to Rock Of Gibraltar and Lanseer in an all-Coolmore finish to the G1 Dewhurst Stakes.

Tendulkar retired in 2003 and didn’t make any sort of impact at stud apart from Drunken Sailor.  There have only been 20 winners to date and they were all from his first two crops.  He covered his last mares in 2007 at Hyde Park Stud in Co. Westmeath.