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Octabello too strong in Cranbourne Cup

Octobello has finished too well for Sully in the Cranbourne Cup to deny the runner-up a hometown feature win.

Trainer Mick Price  has been proven correct with his decision to tackle the Listed Cranbourne Cup with Octabello .

The victory of Octabello denied Trent Busuttin  and Natalie Young victory in their hometown Cup.

Ridden by Noel Callow , Octobello ($17) lunged late to beat Sully  ($11) with the $1.80 favourite Furrion  in third place.

Callow suggested to Price a benchmark 78 race at Caulfield on Wednesday would have been an ideal race for Octabello, but Price elected to tackle Sunday's Cup and walked away with the majority of $350,000 prize money.

"He was desperately unlucky the other day and if I had my way I wanted him to run at Caulfield on Wednesday," Callow told broadcaster racing.com.

"But Mick said 'no, it's a nice little race for him'.

"He had a beautiful run behind the favourite and all I needed was something to happen, but it didn't, so I made something happen and got the chocolates."

Octobello has now won five of his 14 starts and Mick Nolen, foreman for Price ,said the stable had always held a good opinion of the gelding.

Last year's Cranbourne Cup winner, Godolphin's Folkswood  ($6.50), trained by Charlie Appleby, could manage only seventh after being trapped three-wide under James Doyle.

"He had a horrible trip. He missed the break and was wide throughout," Doyle said.


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