The Sportsman Weekend - - News - MARK OBERHARDT

QUEENS­LAND Horse of the Year Crack Me Up will have at least two runs be­fore tack­ling his main Group 1 mis­sion for the spring car­ni­val

The first is in to­mor­row’s Listed Paris Lane Stakes (1400m) at Flem­ing­ton for which he is the 60kg top­weight.

Crack Me Up was first-up when fifth in the Bob­bie Lewis Hand­i­cap at Flem­ing­ton on Septem­ber 15 and has a bet­ter record at the se­cond run of his prepa­ra­tions.

Trainer Liam Birch­ley is aim­ing Crack Me Up at the Group 1 Can­tala Stakes (1600m) Flem­ing­ton on Novem­ber 3.

“He tri­alled well be­fore head­ing south and his run in the Bob­bie Lewis was solid. And he does go bet­ter se­cond-up,” Birch­ley said.

“He will need one more run af­ter the Paris Lane but I haven’t de­cided which one.”

Crack Me Up won the Group 2 Vil­liers (1600m) and 3 Liver­pool City Cup at Rand­wick last sea­son.

His 1600m form also in­cludes wins in the Recog­ni­tion Stakes and the Tatt’s Mile at Doomben.

“He has shown he likes 1600m so this looks the right race for him in Mel­bourne,” Birch­ley said.

Crack Me Up was named Queens­land Horse of the Year last month which thrilled Birch­ley.

“He is up there now with some greats but it was es­pe­cially good for the own­ers,” he said.

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