It has been a long time between salutes to the judge for Morton’s Fork, August 4th, 2018 over 2040m at The Valley to be precise, but the Richard Litt trained six-year-old took the $140,000, listed Christmas Cup (2400m) at Randwick on Saturday with ease to add to his already tidy record for the Warwick Farm trainer.
Litt took over the former Godolphin galloper and 2016 Group 2 Sandown Guineas winner in the winter and in seven races since Morton’s Fork has placed second, third twice and now the stakes victory earning $158,150 over the campaign.
Morton's Fork and Glen Boss on the way to victory, picture Sportpix.com.au
Glen Boss waited patiently with Morton’s Fork (53kg) as up front Tim Clark stamped out the tempo with Miss Moana (NZ) (53.5kg). Entering the main straight Miss Moana was still going well and had fought off a challenge from Capital Gain and apprentice Robbie Dolan.
The rest lined up across the track to reach the leader, but once Boss let Morton’s Fork go on the middle they took over with 200m to run and then it was off to the line for a good win by 1 3/4L to High Bridge (GB) (53kg).
High Bridge (Monsun) was 1/2L ahead of the $5.60 favourite Miss Moana (Uncle Mo) who stayed on for third ahead of Emperors’s Way on fourth.
The time was 2.28.56 on the Good 4 track with the final 600m in 35.56. Morton’s Fork paid $6.50 on fixed odds and $6.60 on the tote.
Morton’s Fork was eighth in the listed ATC Cup over 2000m at Rosehill on November 30th coming to the Randwick meeting in an uncharacteristic run of the campaign.
“He was a bit lazy and he got half way up the straight and said no we will worry about it next time. He put the writing on the wall today coming nice and fresh and happy,” said Litt.
“We are like a rest home our stable, we get all the old ones, but we know they have ability when we buy them and it is just doing something different with them and they are thriving.
“He had never really put in a bad run and I am very happy for Kerrin, he has put a lot of money into my stable in the last six months and we are delighted for him,” he said.
Morton’s Fork, by Ad Valorem out of the Lonhro mare Dilemma, is owned Kerrin Cowman.
Richard Litt, picture Sportpix.com.au
Christmas Cup, photo finish picture ATC