The Sportsman Midweek - - Trackwork - — Greg Splet­ter

We missed DESERT MAN (R8 No 3) on the week­end when he was scratched from a de­cent Bm70 with gate 18 and finds him­self in an eas­ier one to­mor­row from the ace draw. I’m a big fan of the horse but he was off scene for two years and put in just an even run first-up off the long break. I fig­ured he’d be a big im­prover last time and he fin­ished off very strongly to nab vic­tory on the line. He is fit­ter and looks well in af­ter the claim.

WUDANG BLADE (R5 No. 1) has great cre­den­tials for a race like this and is due for a win af­ter four runs back. He ran okay at Grafton last time un­der 60kg but has won four of six this cir­cuit and is un­beaten over the short course. Gets a nice weight drop with the claim and is an­other Sat­ur­day grade run­ner look­ing to pick up a win at the mid­week­ers.

Stick­ing with that then, FORTENSKY (R6 No. 2) takes on one of the weaker class sixes you will see up here and is well over­due for vic­tory. He was only beaten two lengths by Belflyer in Sat­ur­day com­pany last start

drop­ping back to re­stricted mid­week class to­mor­row gets his best chance in a long time to chalk up a win.

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