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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 June, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 June, 2000, 12:00am

Cullinan put in a much improved effort in last night's fifth event when a slightly unlucky third to another progressive sort in the Derek Cruz-trained Super Force and can now be followed. The Alex Wong Yu-on-trained three-year-old had run a close third to Mundahish earlier in the season on just his second career start.

But that run had come on a heavily biased track which favoured those drawn low or with early speed so he was almost certainly flattered by the effort. He then disappointed in his next three outings and Wong wisely gave him a break and freshened him up prior to last night's Class Four 1,200-metre contest.

He had appeared to show the benefit of that spell with a series of impressive gallops going into yesterday's race and he then reproduced those trackwork efforts when keeping on really well to be beaten just a short head and a neck. Eric Legrix was forced to switch Cullinan towards the far rail when slightly tightened from his outside halfway down the straight and then didn't have much room as he tried to force his mount to the line. With a clear run Cullinan probably would have been second as he is the fresh type who could well win before the season concludes.