Former NSW galloper Perun is keeping the dream alive for Longford trainer Alana Fulton and his owners.
Connections are hoping the one-time member of the powerful Chris Waller stable will be worthy of a start in the major cups next year.
He took another step in that direction with a strong-finishing win over 2100m at Mowbray on Wednesday night.
“He’s still young and green but we’re hoping he develops into a cups horse,” Fulton said.
“You’ve got to have a dream.
“The horse really hasn’t run a bad race since we got him. His couple of slightly below par runs weren’t his fault.”
Fulton said Perun would be improved by his latest run and was now ready to face another challenge.
He will have his next start in a 2400m open handicap at Elwick on Saturday week (Caulfield Cup day).
“I don’t like running him out of his class but there are not many staying races in Tasmania so you have to take your chances,” Fulton said.
Perun, ridden by Anthony Darmanin, came from back in the field on Wednesday night to beat pacemaker Appmat and former Hobart and Launceston Cups winner Up Cups.
“I must admit I was a bit worried during the race that the horse had got too far back but it was a good ride,” Fulton said.
TASSIE WINNERS KEEP COMING
Tasmanian-bred horses continue to do well interstate, with Evopex scoring at Randwick last Saturday and Junipal winning by 10 lengths at Donald on Tuesday.
Evopex was bred by Jenny and Geoff Watson of Macleay Thoroughbreds.
He is out of the Theatrical mare Emotivity who was pregnant with Evopex when she was purchased.
The Watsons also bred Junipal (by Reset) who is a half brother to their multiple group 1 winner Palentino.
The Darren Weir-trained three-year-old colt was having only his fourth start when he streeted his rivals over 1620m as a $1.35 favourite.
HARNESS RETURNS TO DEVONPORT
The first of 13 Devonport harness meetings this season on Sunday night will see the usual Ben Yole dominance.
The leading trainer has 39 of the 75 acceptors for the eight-race card.
The state’s other dominant trainer, Todd Rattray, will have only five runners but looks to have several strong winning chances.
Taurisi is the class runner in the Discretionary Handicap, where he is a short-priced favourite despite having to overcome a 30m handicap.
Fortino, Melanna Beach, Harshali and Kvitova Leis are also likely to be prominent in the betting.