Numerians convincing win in the Group 2 Ted Van Heemst Stakes
Interstate raider Numerian staked his claim for Perth Cup (2400m) bragging rights with a convincing win in the Group 2 Ted Van Heemst Stakes (2100m) at Ascot this afternoon, launching his Perth debut in the best way possible.
Numerian, ridden by Clint Johnston Porter, outclassed his six rivals in the Ted Van Heemst Stakes, storming home powerfully to reel in Marrocchino and win by one length with a further two lengths to Casino Seventeen.
The eight-year-old, sent out at $3.70, settled third in running, trailing frontrunner Marocchino and favourite Zoumon, who went forward and breezed, before Numerian closed fast and reached the lead passing 50m.
In 2023 Numerian ran two Group 1 seconds in the Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington and the Doomben Cup (2000m).
Numerian came to Perth without firing a shot interstate. He finished out of the placings in three starts including a last-start seventh in the Beauford at Newcastle (2300m) on November 18.
Numerian carries the 59kg topweight in the Perth Cup. Casino Seventeen, a member of Team Williams, drops 6kg to 53kg.
Tabtouch has Casino Seventeen currently rated the $3 favourite for the Perth Cup.
Numerian is next at $4.50.