Milton Park led all of the way in Sunday’s Listed Sale Cup under Jarrod Fry, defeating Barbie’s Box and Good And Proper by a little over a length.
The John Moloney-trained four-year-old jumped brilliantly from barrier five and landed a length in front after 50m, and that is where he stayed for the entire journey.
The son of Written Tycoon was coming off a third in the Seymour Cup on October 10 when running three lengths behind Mr Brightside, who is the favourite for this weekend’s Group 1 Cantala Stakes, while Wicklow Town finished second, with that galloper going on to win at Moonee Valley on Friday night.
It was the sixth career win for Moloney’s gelding, adding a second Sale Cup to the trainer’s mantelpiece.
“He’d got that good, high cruising speed and Jarrod knows him so well,” Moloney told Racing.com.
“He jumped a length clear, then he had him rolling at his right tempo, so it was about running to the line.”
Milton Park will now continue racing on the country circuit, in a bid to add more Cup success to his resume.
“That was the aim,” the winning trainer said.
“Obviously we ran in the Seymour Cup and it’s been good form out of that race, funny enough from Sunday week ago.
“We were hoping that it would stay with us for this race, so it’s proved that worth.”
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Winning jockey Fry has ridden Milton Park on six previous occasions, winning twice, placing twice and finishing fourth and ninth on the other two occasions, so he knew the horse well ahead of Sunday’s assignment.
“I’ve had a bit of luck of this horse, and obviously the form was really good out of the Seymour Cup,” the jockey said.
“We were pretty confident today, with that form, that he’s be very hard to beat.”
Milton Park certainly didn’t break any track records in winning the Sale Cup in a time of 1:37.68, which allowed him to get into a nice rhythm and control the race from the front.
“That’s the sort of horse that he is,” Fry said.
“He’s got to get into his rhythm, and you’ve probably got to stoke him up a little bit earlier than you generally would, just so that he’s going by the point when the others come to him.
“The whole race, he never really felt in too much doubt.”