Alexan­der hopes G1 form holds

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - By MATHEW TOOGOOD

A FILLY who chased home sub­se­quent Group 1 win­ner Egg Tart at her most re­cent start will be out to end her cam­paign on a win­ning note when she re­turns to Flem­ing­ton.

Trainer Archie Alexan­der has early favourite Span­ner Head in to­mor­row’s Winx Hall of Fame Tro­phy (1600m) af­ter de­cid­ing against two Ade­laide op­tions in re­cent weeks.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond to the im­pres­sive Egg Tart over 1600m at Flem­ing­ton on April 25, beaten con­vinc­ingly but de­feat­ing the rest eas­ily, Alexan­der de­cided against tak­ing on the Chris Waller-trained filly again with Span­ner Head in

Group 1 Aus­tralasian Oaks, which Egg Tart won.

He is con­vinced it was the right call.

The Bal­larat trainer in­stead looked to last Satur­day’s Listed Ade­laide Guineas but scratched the filly be­cause of a wide bar­rier, elect­ing to wait for the suit­able Flem­ing­ton race.

“We knew we had this race up our sleeve,” Alexan­der said.

left it alone and just fo­cused on this Satur­day.

“Be­ing a VOBIS horse, the money is nearly as good as Guineas.

“She worked very well yes­ter­day and we couldn’t fault her.

“She’s go­ing as good as she ever has likes Flem­ing­ton hav­ing raced twice there for two sec­onds in good com­pany.”

While the race, planned to be Span­ner Head’s fi­nal start be­fore a break, doesn’t carry black-type sta­tus, Alexan­der isn’t con­cerned as he be­lieves the filly will achieve that in time.

“She’s only three so we’ve got plenty of time to get black type,” he said.

Alexan­der also has im­port Fast­net Latina in the Car­bine Club Hand­i­cap (1600m), a bench­mark 78.

Fast­net Latina worked through his grades win­ning his first four Aus­tralian starts be­fore fin­ish­ing sec­ond to Rhythm To Spare step­ping up in class in a 1600m bench­mark 90 at Caulfield last start.

Alexan­der con­firmed Fast­net Latina has a gear change of blink­ers on, for the four-year’s fi­nal start be­fore freshen up.

“We’re con­fi­dent blink­ers have im­proved him,” Alexan­der said.

“It’s not of­ten you go to Flem­ing­ton with two re­ally nice chances.

“Hope­fully it’s a good day.”

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