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10/05/02 Yammer No Certainty for Adelaide Cup

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Despite being ranked as the favourite in all early market the Tony Noonan trained gelding Yammer is no certainty for the Group One Adelaide Cup following his run at Morphettville tomorrow.

Noonan said he was "shocked" when the weights for the Cup were released showing Yammer would be asked to carry 56 kilograms.

The main issue Noonan had with the handicappers judgement was the fact only a half kilogram separated his galloper with the proven two miler Mr. Prudent (56.5kg).

"Mr. Prudent is a winner of the Sydney Cup and was nosed out this year again in the same race," Noonan said.

"My horse only won his first Group race, the (Group Three) Rain Lover Plate, at Victoria Park the other day. I can't work it out," he added.

Noonan said he felt his gelding has been well and truly handicapped past his best and he would give serious consideration into skipping the Adelaide two-miler in preference to Brisbane's equivalent.

"He is a definite to go around tomorrow (in the Carlton Draught Stakes), but whether we run him in the Cup in Adelaide could depend on what weight he gets in Brisbane."

"If I feel he is better treated there he would head there," Noonan said. "He's only a lightly framed galloper and couldn't handle the two big races in the same preparation at this stage."

Meanwhile, Noonan feels his classy filly Donna Natalia has a strong chance of giving him a feature race double at Morphettville tomorrow.

The former brilliant Sydney juvenile will be running in a hot field in the Group Two Yallambee Classic and her trainer is quietly confident despite a seemingly horrendous draw.

"Speaking with (former champion jockey) Johnny Letts he feels being out there (in her wide barrier) might actually be an advantage, so I guess I can take something positive from it," Noonan said.

"I'm expecting here to be in the finish," he predicted.

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