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Drunken Sailor heads to Adelaide

Craig Cook, The Advertiser

PRINCIPAL part-owner Terry Henderson has confirmed European import Drunken Sailor will target the Adelaide Cup but glamour grey Manighar will bypass the Group 2 feature.

Drunken Sailor ran second to Tasmanian Norsqui in the $300,000 Mornington Cup (2400m) on Wednesday and trainer Mike Moroney has told connections the two miles of the Adelaide Cup make an ideal race for the seven-year-old, who finished 12th in last year's Melbourne Cup.

Moroney is also considering a gear-change for the Adelaide campaign that will commence with a run in the Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes (2600m) at Morphettville on March 3.

"He's a funny horse - he can't go a yard at trackwork, but come raceday he likes a fight," Moroney said after Drunken Sailor closed late at Mornington, with Damien Oliver riding, despite a hefty 60kg handicap.

The winner of the Lord Reims is not liable to be re-handicapped for the Adelaide Cup.
[17 Feb 12]

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