After winning from box one last Sunday, Cee Jay’s Boy will move to eight for the fifth of six Cup heats, with TAB installing the interstate raider as the $2 favourite, shading Time To Talk at $2.30.
Hardaway Titan has drawn box five for the sixth heat and is the $2.90 second elect, with Healesville specialist Eye Got It, the winner of 18 from 23 up the straight, the $1.70 favourite, while dual Group 1 winner Dyna Patty, another straight track newcomer, is a $3.60 chance.
“Cee Jay’s Boy is definitely the better chance of my two,” Marsden said.
“He’s drawn well in eight. Box one would’ve been nice again but if he can’t have one I’d rather him be out there than in the middle and he will run straight.
“Hardaway Titan was having his first run in five or six weeks so I put him over 300m for two reasons.
“Firstly, I didn’t want to clash with Cee Jay’s Boy and I also thought he’d be better for the run to step up to 350m the following week.
“I’d rather Hardaway Titan (box 5) swap boxes with Eye Got it (box 6). I’d be happier to be on its outside.
“But with six heats if he can run a good second he could get through to the final anyway and he’ll have another run under his belt.”
While Marsden acknowledges the quality of the Victorian opposition and the difficulties presented by an eight and a half hour journey, he says the prizemoney on offer at Healesville is simply too good to ignore.
“You’ve got to have a go at it,” Marsden said.
“It’s worth $5,280 to win a heat and then if you even run third in the final that’s another $6000, which makes it more than $11,000.
“It would be a nice change for NSW dogs to go down and get some of that Victorian prizemoney because it’s mostly them coming up here to take ours!”