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Trainer Matthew Dunn qualified Impasse and Badoosh for The Big Dance after the pair finished one-two in the Murwillumbah Cup.
Friday’s 1550m race at Murwillumbah was a qualifier for The Big Dance, a $2 million 1600m race at Randwick on Melbourne Cup day.
The heats started at Goulburn last October at various venues across NSW, with the top two horses at home in each race exempt from voting for The Big Dance on November 1.
Matthew Mcguren’s Impasse ($26) topped stablemate Badoosh ($14) with the Giannis-trained Chris Waller ($6.50) third.
Dunn said the Murwillumbah Cup had been a target for both Impasse and Badoosh for some time.
“It doesn’t work out very often but it did today and they were both very well ridden,” Dunn told Sky Thoroughbred Central.
“They got into positions early that I thought were a bit vulnerable, but they showed their competitiveness late in the race.
“It’s a tough feeling because I feel for the other horse’s owners, but they’re both qualified now and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that we can progress to the Big Dance.”
Impasse was carrying 64kg when fourth in the Maclean Cup (1400m) at Grafton on July 17 and dropped to 61kg on Friday.
McGuren let Impasse settle at the back of the field from a wide stretch before hooking the widest in the straight.
“He had a surface under me and I had to let him use it,” McGuren said.
“He was good in the first place with a lot of weight, but he was better today and Matt did an incredible job to get to number one.
“The pace was a bit confused but he’s a horse you can ride anywhere and he’s a happy horse who knows his job.”
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