Cup in sight for Tom
TOM MELBOURNE has trained on well since his encouraging first up run in the Heatherlie Handicap and heads to the Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday in an attempt secure a Caulfield Cup berth.
The imported galloper, prepared by Lee and Anthony Freedman, worked strongly over 1400m last Thursday and pulled up well after covering the journey in 1.37.37 his last 400m 25.47.
The lightly raced son of Dylan Thomas is unbeaten second up and seems comfortable in all track conditions, attributes that should hold him in good stead this weekend.
Team Corstens have VEZALAY progressing well leading into another spring campaign and she caught the eye with a sharp workout last Thursday.
Galloping solo over 800m she quickened nicely, albeit with plenty in reserve, to clock 52.52 for the trip and 24.76 for her last 400m.
The daughter of Shamardal boasts an impressive first up record and should be worth keeping in mind when she resumes the weeks ahead. MILWAUKEE, prepared by Mike Moroney, kicked off his career in great style with a victory over 1200m at Echuca recently and the three year old son of Fastnet Rock looks to have a bright future.
Last Thursday he looked strong and fit after completing 1000m in 1.10.17 and his closing 400m 25.61.
He is sure to appreciate stepping up even further in distance as he progresses through his campaign but heading to Bendigo tomorrow for a three year old event over 1300m appeals as an attractive option for his second start.
MARGIN TRADER, also trained by Moroney, performed below expectations at Sandown last time out but he has come through that race well and is likely to head to be Bendigo tomorrow for his next start.
He was kept up to the mark cruising over 1600m in even time last Tuesday and is at peak fitness following his recent racing.
The son of Tavistock is capable of improving dramatically at his next start and has recorded one his three victories at Bendigo.
HEAR THE CHANT also recorded an impressive debut victory and the three year old daughter of Nicconi, prepared by the Hayes Dabernig training partnership, was responsible for an impressive performance at the jumpouts conducted last Thursday over about 800m.
She quickly took control of her heat, leading throughout without being extended and recording 47.40 which was the fastest time of the morning’s session.
Connections afforded her a freshen up after her victory at Sandown in June and she is sure to be chasing some black type during the spring.
Tom Melbourne has trained on well ahead of the Naturalism Stakes