Billy Egan Upbeat for Saturday’s Guineas Race aboard Cherry Tortoni

[TAREN POINT, New South Wales] — Participating in Saturday’s Australian Guineas 2021 makes Billy Egan feel optimistic considering Cherry Tortoni’s latest form. The stable jockey will compete with Tortoni and Night of Thunder’s chestnut-coloured son at the Flemington Racecourse tomorrow, Saturday, February 27.

According to the report posted online by Australian horse racing news website Racenet, Egan affirmed that Cherry Tortoni had come back as a more robust racehorse. He also relayed that he is looking for a bold contest with the three-year-old racehorse with even luck in tomorrow’s 1,600-metre tilt. Winners of the Australian Guineas 2021 will take home $1 million as prize money. 

Egan affirmed that Cherry Tortoni is shaped up. He also described Patrick Payne’s Plumpton galloper to have more definition now than in the spring. Egan was in high spirits, comparing Cherry Tortoni to young footballers who return and look much stronger, fitter, and possessing more definition to their muscles.

The jockey remarked that he had always found Cherry Tortoni, whose overall prize money at the time of writing is $489,325, as a pretty attractive runner. Egan also mentioned that the racehorse is presently more experienced, tidier, and a bit more tucked up. Cherry Tortoni closed intentionally to grab fourth behind the eventual Guineas tilt favourite Tagaloa, despite him racing wide in the 1,400-metre Group Three CS Hayes last start. 

He also landed in this scenario following being tightened for a room in the straight. Egan described Cherry Tortoni to have peaked on his run. He remarked that the racehorse had ended up finishing as well as he could have had in that competition. Egan is confident that Cherry Tortoni would be a favourable chance in the Australian Guineas 2021.

The 31-year-old stable jockey affirmed that he is highly motivated to bag his first-ever Group One win, following three minor placings from 18 contests at the level. He said that he is dedicating his targeted victory on Saturday’s competition to the whole Payne team. Egan pointed out that being victorious at the Australian Guineas 2021 would make racehorse trainer Payne’s entire stable’s hard work worthwhile. 

He affirmed that it is not merely him, Payne, and Cherry Tortoni exerting all the efforts to win their initial Group One horse race. Egan also acknowledged the involvement of all the ground staff, stable staff, and track riders.

On the country circuit, Egan is a noted workhorse. He decided to forgo bulk midweek contests to peak at Saturday’s Flemington racing event, following testing 14 of Payne’s gallopers on Monday at Benalla. 

Last Tuesday, Egan had one ride at Bendigo. Additionally, he collaborated with Il Divo on Thursday evening at Pakenham. Besides Cherry Tortoni, Egan has another ride this Saturday, which is Payne stablemate Japery. He and the 3-year-old son of Andromeda and Sizzling will take part in the $500,000-auction house-restricted Inglis Dash.

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