Herald Sun

VALIANT REVS UP

- MICHAEL MAN­LEY

ADAM Trinder is hop­ing it’s a case of be­gin­ner’s luck when his first Flem­ing­ton run­ner, Valiant War­rior, tack­les the 1100m Dalray Hand­i­cap to­mor­row.

The for­mer top jumps jockey has been train­ing at Spreyton, Tas­ma­nia, for four years and three-year-old Valiant War­rior will be just his fifth main­land run­ner.

Trinder is sec­ond in the Tas­ma­nian train­ers’ premier­ship, five wins be­hind Scott Brun­ton.

Valiant War­rior has supplied five of Trinder’s 51 wins this sea­son, tak­ing the geld­ing’s record to six wins from eight starts.

“He’s pretty pre­co­cious. He’s run good times and he’s the right class of horse to bring over here,” Trinder said yesterday.

“Run­ning down the straight is a query with him, but I’d ex­pect him to be more than com­pet­i­tive in an off­sea­son race.”

Trinder ex­pected Valiant War­rior to be bet­ter suited at Moonee Val­ley in a fort­night.

Valiant War­rior, the mount of Re­gan Bayliss, is a $13 chance with TAB.

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