Cup in sight for Tom

The Sportsman Midweek - - The Trackwork Winners -

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

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