Payne has Defibrillate in peak order

04 March 2021 02:24:34 GMTPlus10

The Patrick Payne-trained Defibrillate will bid for his fifth-consecutive Melbourne win when he lines up in the Group 1 Australian Cup at Flemington on Saturday.

The six-year-old gelding’s winning streak includes the Listed Lord Stakes at Caulfield on Boxing Day and the Listed Mornington Cup Prelude at the same track on his last start.

When you have a look at the entries, he might not be good enough, but there is nothing that really frightens you.

Patrick Payne

"I am confident he will run well, but whether he is good enough at weight-for-age (I don't know)," Payne told RSN927 ahead of Defibrillate's first run in top-level company.

"When you have a look at the entries, he might not be good enough, but there is nothing that really frightens you. When you start going into the form of the Australian Cup, it probably isn't as strong as it normally is.

"Everyone is more concentrating towards the All-Star Mile or Sydney. We thought we would have a crack at it, he is in excellent order."

The New Zealand-bred Defibrillate transferred to Payne after three outings across the Tasman, winning twice, with Payne adding seven wins from ten starts in Australia.

After a quick start under Payne's care, which saw him net three wins in five starts, Defibrillate spent almost 12 months away from racing, but since returning in December he has won four of his five starts.

If Defibrillate can finish in the first two on Saturday, Payne may head to Sydney with him for a run in the Group 1 Tancred Stakes or the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Defibrillate is currently a 12.00 chance for the Australian Cup, with Blamey Stakes runner-up Fifty Stars currently 3.40.

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