The Sportsman Midweek - - Trackwork - — Greg Splet­ter

We don’t see many 3yo 0LY’s on the Aus­tralian cal­en­dar and even rarer it is to see an un­beaten run­ner go­ing round in one. PLAY­ING MARIKA (R1 No. 2) did the right thing by us at her sec­ond ca­reer start, go­ing round at ridicu­lous odds and get­ting home with a half length to spare. There’s no doubt­ing she will han­dle the ex­tra fur­long to­mor­row should be able to main­tain her un­beaten record.

Af­ter a bit of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, the mile trip looks to be NICCONI’S BOY’s (R4 No. 6) best dis­tance and he can win again when he lines up in the class three. He has been tested from 1400m out to 2000m this prep and found his sweet spot over 1600m, scor­ing a good win here at the jour­ney a fort­night ago. This is only an av­er­age field and he’ll go close again.

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