Esti Feny out to cause Australian Cup upset

Esti Feny
Australian Cup contender Esti Feny. (Photo by George Sal/Racing Photos)

Esti Feny, coming off a commendable third-place finish in the Australian Cup Prelude (1800m) at surprising odds of +4000, is gearing up to take on his more esteemed counterparts in the headline event at Flemington this Saturday.

Trained by Matthew Smith, the Hungarian-bred import enters the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) as the outsider at +12500 with horse racing bookies.

Despite the odds stacked against him, Smith remains optimistic, drawing inspiration from the potential for another underdog victory in the race.

“I had him in up in Sydney as well and I looked at both races and I thought at least there would be a solid tempo in Melbourne,” said Smith.

There’s only nine acceptors, and I thought we would try and beat one home, and if we finish fifth, there will be a little better prize.”

Emphasising Esti Feny’s chances amidst the competitive field, Smith highlighted the importance of a steady gallop.

“The quicker they go, the better his chance of being in the finish. He just needs a steady gallop.”

While acknowledging the calibre of his rivals, Smith remains hopeful that Esti Feny could emerge as the unexpected sensation of the Carnival, defying the odds to etch his name in racing history.

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