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30/01/02 Mertens to Adelaide to Ride Freedman Cup Hope
2pmertens.jpg (6779 bytes)After being crowned the "king of the Adelaide Cup Carnival" Melbourne based rider Peter Mertens will return to the city of churches on Saturday to partner Scenic Warrior in the $100,000 Group Three Rawsons Electrical Tokyo City Cup.

Mertens was nearly unbeatable in Adelaide during the SA Carnival. He won the Adelaide Cup (Apache King), SA Derby (Big Pat) and Carlton Draught Stakes (Apache King) within ten days.

On Saturday Mertens will be riding the Lee Freedman trained Scenic Warrior as the two aim for Group glory at Cheltenham Park.

r6tearsroyal.jpg (13895 bytes)Scenic Warrior has been given 54 kilograms by the handicapper, five less than his accomplished stablemate Le Zagaletta (59kg). The grey topweight is now likely to remain in Melbourne.

Twenty seven entries were received for Saturday's Tokyo City Cup. Former Adelaide Cup winner The Hind makes his return to the track for Tony McEvoy. Mark Kavanagh has nominated Border Time after his eye catching second on Saturday.

Spice Doll is sure to enjoy the weight drop. After lugging 58 kilos to victory two runs back she is sure to appreciate 51 on Saturday. Last start Melbourne stakes winner Tears Royal (Grant Dalziel) has 54 kilograms for the 1450 metre event.

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