TH E EARLY CROW

The Sportsman Weekend - - Flemington Preview -

THE BANKER The ad­van­tage of hav­ing a horse like Har tnell (Race 7) run­ning around is that you can load up with a host of chances in the other legs of the quaddie. No real point tak­ing any thing else in this race as Har tnell sim­ply looks too good. He won’t be quite at Winx odds but pretty close to it. Step up in dis­tance, a re­turn to Flem­ing ton, a good sec­ond-up record .. and no Winx to con­tend with. All points to him win­ning again.

THE LAY

Much as I like Red­kirk War­rior (Race 4) a race­horse, I think he’s way un­der the odds first-up. Yes he won the New­mar­ket down the straight course first-up in the au­tumn but that’ll be a hard act to fol­low, He’s up against fly­ing Voodoo Lad and a highly promis­ing So Si Bon, who are rock hard fit. And Voodoo Lad meets him 2kg bet­ter for that New­mar­ket per for­mance. Pre­pared to go against him first-up but what­ever he does to­mor­row, he’ll im­prove on for the rest of the spring.

AT THE TRI­ALS

The tal­ented Happy Han­nah (Race 6) joined the Hayes-Dabernig team in May af ter be­ing for­merly pre­pared by the Snow­dens in Sydney. Went to tri­als at Tatura last month and like the way she held her ground in 1000m heat won by Foyle. From all re­por ts she has worked well since and, de­spite the fact she has yet to win first-up, she is ex­pected

make her pres­ence felt in a tough race. Don’t for­get she has fin­ished a crack­ing third in the G2 Ma­tri­arch Stake at Flem­ing ton.

BEAT­ING THE CLOCK

The Mick Price-trained duo of Lone Ea­gle and Mighty Boss (Race 2) clash to­mor­row but both are le­git­i­mate each-way chances in an open race. At Caulfield track­work on Tues­day, the pair worked to­gether the steeple grass over 1000m and stopped the clock at 1m05.7 1s, the last 400m in a solid 23.8s. The most pleas­ing par t of the work was their last 200m which was cov­ered in a slick 11.97s. They’ll race well to­mor­row.

SEC­TIONAL STAR

Hard to go past So Si Bon (Race 4). Was su­perb com­ing from well back on the turn to beat all but Voodoo Lad at Caulfield a for tnight ago, reel­ing off the best last 800m (4 4. 33s), last 600m (33. 5s), 400m (22.16s) and last 200m (11. 25s) of the race. He’ll rel­ish the ex­tra 100m here, still at­trac­tively weighted and right at his peak now, If he can re­peat his re­cent sec­tional splits to­mor­row, he’ll go ver y close.

THE STATS SPEAK

Jennifer Lynn (Race 5) could be the knock­out horse here. Most un­luck y when sixth to Sa­vanna Amour at Caulfield a for tnight ago when she didn’t see clear run­ning un­til late. Steps up to 1400m where she has won three or four at­tempts,

her only star t at this course and dis­tance (in Listed grade too) won her only sec­ond-up star t. Also a firm track horse, with three of her four wins on good sur faces. Def­i­nite each-way con­tender.

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