Pin-up sprinter Whiskey Riot is primed for a further tilt at Group 1 glory when he lines up in a heat of the Group 1 TAB Australian Cup (525m) at The Meadows on Saturday night.
Only last week, Whiskey Riot commenced his Australian Cup Carnival in grand fashion when successful in the Group 1 Temlee at The Meadows.
Trained by Anthony Azzopardi, Whiskey Riot is engaged in Heat 5 (Race 8, 8.47pm) and will exit from box four.
Azzopardi is the sport’s ‘man of the moment’. In fact, he’s in as good a form as Whiskey Riot, having also won the Group 1 Zoom Top with Just Terms on the same night as the Temlee and the Group 2 Launceston Cup with Caishen – a litter brother of Whiskey Riot – two nights later.
In the lead-up to the Temlee, Azzopardi stated that he’d “never had the dog better”. “He’s going better than when he won the Group 1 Melbourne Cup,” Azzopardi said.
And punting guru Troy Little isn’t expecting anything to change in the Australian Cup heats.
“He’s at the top of his game,” Little said on RSN’s Off The Leash program. “He was awesome in the Temlee and he’s only got improvement to come.”
Little was referring to the fact Azzopardi had given Whiskey Riot a let-up due to a “pretty big campaign coming up”.
A winner of three Group 1s, Whiskey Riot has raced on 40 occasions for 19 wins, 11 seconds and two thirds. His prize money totals $740,810.