O’Brien mare set for a Merri re­turn

The Sportsman Midweek - - News -

MERRIEST is likely to kick off her next cam­paign at Moonee Val­ley on Satur­day and she has come through her re­cent eye catch­ing trial vic­tory at Cran­bourne in great shape.

Last Tues­day she stepped out over 800m and had plenty up her sleeve run­ning the jour­ney in 53.23 and last 400m 24.13.

The Danny O’Bri­en­trained daugh­ter of Den­man was able to win at

Caulfield first-up last prepa­ra­tion and is sure to prove hard to beat at Moonee Val­ley.

CRYS­TAL DREAMER is ready to re­sume for the Mathew Eller­ton and Si­mon Zahra sta­ble he has im­pressed in two re­cent jumpouts.

Last Fri­day he was asked for a bit of an ef­fort over the con­clud­ing stages and fin­ished the heat with a mar­gin of in ex­cess of two lengths over SUNQUEST, PLAT­INUM and FUHRYK who all tri­alled quite nicely be­hind him. The time recorded of 48.77 was the quick­est the morn­ing for the heats con­ducted over about 800m and Crys­tal Dreamer is in great shape to add to his al­ready im­pres­sive first-up record when he re­sumes in the near fu­ture.

Saab Hasan has INTRIGO rac­ing in good form and she was kept up to the mark with an easy hitout in a jumpout last Fri­day.

af­ter show­ing a bit of early speed she coasted to the line to fin­ish three or four lengths be­hind BATTLECAMP, pre­pared by Lee and An­thony Freed­man, who won the heat in the rel­a­tively slow time of 51.47.

Intrigo con­trolled the race from the front to win at Sandown last time out and she is ready run well again when she re­turns there to­mor­row.

MR WALKER is a re­cent ad­di­tion to the Stephen Brown sta­ble and he has been pro­gress­ing well with a cou­ple of re­cent jumpouts un­der his belt.

He showed speed in a high qual­ity jumpout just over a week ago and cruised to the line be­hind

SHOALS and A THOU­SAND DE­GREES who clocked 44.39 for the dis­tance of about 800m. Although he hasn’t raced for over 12 months

he looks to be com­ing to hand well and is likely to re­sume at Sandown to­mor­row.

The Mike Moroney­trained CHIEF MOONDANCE didn’t have the best of luck last time out but he has come through that run in great shape.

Last Thurs­day he looked bright and fit af­ter cov­er­ing 1000m 1.11.56 and his fi­nal 400m in 25.37.

Con­nec­tions have a few op­tions for him in the next week or so, in­clud­ing Sandown to­mor­row and the form through his lat­est out­ing has been hold­ing up well.

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