GE­ORGE LU­CAS

The Sportsman Weekend - - The Trackwork Winners -

HIGH class mare HIYAAM kicks off her cam­paign at Moonee Val­ley tomorrow and goes into the last race with a re­ally nice 1100m trial on her home track on Au­gust 7 where she was do­ing her best work late.

Trainer Mick Price took her to “The Val­ley” dur­ing the week to have a look around, run­ning 1200m in 1.24.68, home last 400m in 25.32.

She will im­prove a heap on any­thing she shows here but fol­low her as she’s in for good prep.

Nice each-way value on of­fer for the sta­ble­mate HEPTAGON when he re­sumes in open­ing race tomorrow.

He scored an im­pres­sive trial on his home track on Au­gust 14, de­feat­ing Down­hearted and Bons Away. Also won a trial back on the 6th at Cran­bourne he’s been run­ning good times in his work on the train­ing track. The 2kg claim for Zac Spain is a huge plus.

PRINCESS OF QUEENS has been given a four week freshen-up by Price after she didn’t per­formed as well as ex­pected first-up over 1200m at Caulfield.

She’s trained on well since and should be im­proved sec­ond-up in the Bench­mark 84 for mares. Part­nered up with last start winner RUN GYPSY RUN (also en­gaged in this) dur­ing the week on the Moonee Val­ley course proper over 1000m, record­ing a time of 1.08.53 and 24.51 last 400m.

After fail­ing in a Group 1 two-year-old in March. Tav­isan was sent to Price to com­mence his three-year-old ca­reer and he did it in style with an all-the-way win at Cran­bourne, July 26 at his Aus­tralian de­but.

He is fac­ing a much tougher as­sign­ment in tomorrow’s Listed McKen­zie Stakes run over 1200m but he was e Ex­plo­sive last start and has a lot of up­side.

Gal­loped at Moonee Val­ley dur­ing the week with Prairie Fire over 1000m, stop­ping the clock at 1.07.40 and 24.06.

This could be a tad am­bi­tious this stage but there’s an­other win in him some­where prep.

A big­ger field with the speed on should suit BY THE GRACE a lot bet­ter this time out in the Hughes Limou­sine Hcp, 1600m at Mor­phettville.

Worked solidly over 1400m on Tues­day morn­ing, home last 400m in 23.75 with head the chest.

Back to form and a live each-way hope again, es­pe­cially if they go nuts up front.

As we’re light on numbers from Caulfield on Satur­day, keep an eye the likely Mick Price run­ner OF IM­POR­TANCE, re­sum­ing at Cran­bourne on Sun­day.

Con­tested some good class races when last in work, well placed in Bench­mark 64 com­pany first-up. She’s shown a lot of zip two re­cent tri­als at home and all things point to her run­ning well.

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