Sprint favourite looks a gift horse for pun­ters

Herald Sun - - FRONT PAGE -

WE en­ter the fi­nal quar­ter of Mel­bourne Cup week and to­day we have two big Group 1 races — the Dar­ley Sprint Clas­sic and Mack­in­non Stakes.

Reign­ing cham­pion SANTA ANA LANE re­turns to de­fend his crown in the sprint. He will have some­thing to chase with speed ma­chine NA­TURE STRIP out in front as well as star filly LOV­ING GABY, a Group 1 win­ner against older horses in the Manikato Stakes.

We also have the run­ning of the Mack­in­non and Kiwi star MELODY BELLE aim­ing at her 11th Group 1 win.

This race will be the fi­nal chap­ter in the amaz­ing ca­reer of mid­dle-dis­tance cham­pion HART­NELL, and he is a win­ning hope.

In Syd­ney is the run­ning of the in­au­gu­ral $1 mil­lion Golden Gift for two-year-olds for which TANKER, com­ing off a bril­liant de­but win, heads the mar­ket.

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