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Mount Athos claims John Smith's Silver Cup

Luca Cumani’s Mount Athos (5-1 betting odds) won the John Smith’s Silver Cup at York.
Luca Cumani’s Mount Athos (5-1 betting odds) won the John Smith’s Silver Cup at York.
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Luca Cumani’s Mount Athos (5-1 betting odds) won the John Smith’s Silver Cup at York. Topmokea and Crackentorp ran strong from the gate. However, Cumani’s top-weight would display noticeable speed in the straight and would best runner-up Lyric Street by an impressive four lengths. High Jinx would cross the line third.

Jockey Kieren Fallon landed a quick 44-1 double on Saturday. He said afterwards: “They didn't go much of a gallop, which didn't suit him, but he showed a better turn of foot than I thought he would. It was a good performance.”

Saluting at Warwick Farm on Saturday was the Chris Waller-trained Berrimilla, a $150,000 purchase from the Widden Stud draft at the 2010 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. Berrimilla recently claimed a half head win over 1300 metres, which was her second horseracing win in four starts.

Also successful on Saturday was Demasheen who posted her second win in four starts after claiming first at Morphettville. The Robert Smerdon-trained filly topped the 2011 NZB Ready to Run Sale after being purchased for $450,000 by Bahen Bloodstock on behalf of Phil Sly.