O’Brien mare set for a Merri return
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.