Mercury (Hobart)

Inevitable feel to trial romp


STAR Tasmania four-year-old The Inevitable kicked off his summer campaign with an effortless trial win over 1000m at Elwick on Tuesday on his way to a first-up tilt at the $1.25 million Newmarket Handicap.

The Scott Brunton-trained gelding was outstandin­g at his last preparatio­n winning at Flemington and Moonee Valley before heading to Sydney where he captured the $500,000 Silver Eagle at Randwick.

He was then a victim of circumstan­ces when out of a place in the $7.5 million Golden Eagle at Rosehill, after which he spent three weeks recovering at Moss Vale in New South Wales before returning to Brunton’s Seven Mile Beach stables.

Brunton was pleased with the Dundeel gelding’s trial.

“That [trial] was pretty much what I was hoping for, so he is bang on target for next month’s Newmarket,” Brunton said.

“He hasn’t grown, so what you see is still what you get with him in size. But his last campaign will no doubt have toughened him up.

“The plan is to give him a jump-out here at Elwick just before we take him to Melbourne for the Newmarket which is run at Flemington on March 7.”

Brunton also is hoping to take his other star four-yearold Mandela Effect to Melbourne next month for the AllStar Mile over 1600m on March 23.

The All-Star Mile is a popularity race for 10 of the 15 starters with the general public to vote for their favourite nominee for the race, with the remaining five starters made up of wildcard entries.

“I’m hoping Tasmanians can get behind Mandela Effect because he would be a genuine winning chance in the race,” Brunton said.

Mandela Effect won the

Listed weight-for-age Thomas Lyons at Elwick last Sunday and he goes to the Mowbray Stakes (1600m) in Launceston in a fortnight, which would be his final hitout before the AllStar Mile, if he was to gain a start.

With only four days of voting remaining, Mandela Effect is in 14th place with almost 2000 votes.

But he would need at least 3000 votes to earn a berth in the top 10 from the public vote.

By voting for your favourite horse in the All-Star Mile, you will be in the running to win a share in $500,000 with the first prize being $250,000.

 ??  ?? WATER WORKOUT: Jockey Tegan Keys and The Inevitable wading at Seven Mile Beach.
WATER WORKOUT: Jockey Tegan Keys and The Inevitable wading at Seven Mile Beach.

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