The Sportsman Weekend - - The Trackwork Winners - TIM PAYNE

TRAINER Matthew Smith al­most caused a mas­sive up­set when his gal­loper IN­VIC­TUS PRINCE fin­ished se­cond to Winx at huge odds two runs back but he has al­ways shown that there was a good race in him.

He has had run since that day, which was fair and on Tues­day morn­ing he worked on the Course Proper over 1200m in 1.19.76, his fi­nal 400m in 23.23, the last 200m in 11.15 and never got out of se­cond gear.

He runs in the Group 1 Ep­som Hand­i­cap at Royal Randwick to­mor­row and should not be taken lightly.

PIER­ATA runs in the same race and he put in a brave per­for­mance last start when he trav­elled wide the jour­ney only to go down nar­rowly in the Tramway Stakes.

He has thrived in his work since and on Tues­day morn­ing, he gal­loped strongly on the Course Proper over 1000m in 1.04.1 with his fi­nal 400m in 22.98 and last 200m 11.2. He too was never off the bri­dle.

Trainer Greg Hick­man has brought him to his peak and he is go­ing to look the win­ner at some stage of the race to­mor­row.

BRIGHT RUBICK, a daugh­ter of new sea­son sire Rubick, looked to run on well in heat two at the of­fi­cial two-yearold tri­als the Kens­ing­ton track last Mon­day and she looks a promis­ing type.

Last Satur­day, she gal­loped solo on the A Grass over 800m in 54.03 with her fi­nal 400m in 24.8 and last 200m in 11.72 hit­ting the line strongly un­der a tight grip.

Bjorn Baker has a good opin­ion of this filly and she will run boldly in the Gimcrack Stakes to­mor­row.

LIGULATE from the James Cum­mings sta­ble looked a lit­tle dis­ap­point­ing at his last start when un­placed over 1300m at Kem­bla Grange Tues­day but he has come through the run in good shape and worked strongly Tues­day morn­ing.

Gal­lop­ing solo over 1200m on the Course Proper, he recorded 1.24.42 for the trip with a fi­nal 400m in 23.32 and last 200m in 11.09.

He steps up to 1600m to­mor­row and if he runs up to his work, will be hard beat in race three.

Mark Newn­ham re­ported that his ex­cit­ing two-year-old EX­CEED THE STARS, win­ner of both tri­als, did a nice piece of work on the Course Proper Mon­day morn­ing and pulled up ex­tremely well.

He runs in the Breed­ers’ Plate to­mor­row and will go close to win­ning.

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