Leah’s big mo­ment

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACEDAY PREVIEW -

MELTED Mo­ments is the best win­ning hope for the Paul Grills sta­ble and it just hap­pens to be in the fea­ture race on the card.

The seven-year-old lines up in an open hand­i­cap (1300m) and he’s been very con­sis­tent with­out win­ning.

Leah Kil­ner takes the ride on him to­day from bar­rier two and her claim means he’ll only carry 53kg.

“I think he’s my best chance and I’m happy to have young Leah on him,’’ Grills said. “She’ll let him run his own race pretty well.

“He does like the track and trip. He won this race last year and he’ll go hard. He’s weighted well with th­ese horses and the track will be good for him. I think it will be a Good 4.”

Melted Mo­ments is drop­ping back from a fourth over 1900m on Oc­to­ber 14 at Ar­mi­dale and Grills thinks bring­ing him back to his favourite dis­tance will make a huge dif­fer­ence.

He’s won three from four at 1300m.

“There’s a fair bit of pace in it so that will keep him out of trou­ble,’’ Grills said. “Let’s hope he’s fresh enough to come home over the top of them.’’

The bub­ble cheeker has been ap­plied to his near­side.

“Al­lan Chau said he ran about a bit the other day so we put that on him,” Grills said.

“I’d like him to be one out, one back then get clear run­ning room when he wants it.”

Grills wants to see a bet­ter ef­fort from Sun­day Spe­cial in the open­ing race over 1100m af­ter run­ning sev­enth at her past two runs.

“I’ve been a bit dis­ap­pointed with her last two runs when there were no ex­cuses so we put a set of blink­ers on and a tongue tie which might sharpen her up a bit,” Grills said.

“We may have gal­loped her a bit close to the race last time which we don’t nor­mally do. I haven’t taken her to the track since her last run so hope­fully she im­proves.”

Abb Roy is look­ing to break her maiden in a 1400m event in the sec­ond race.

She put in her best run last start over 1400m and is rock-hard fit for to­day’s as­sign­ment.

Abb Roy will come out of bar­rier six and her breed­ing says she’ll get bet­ter with age.

“She’s get­ting close to a win and she shouldn’t be far off them,” Grills said.

Pri­mal Touch, in the third race over 1300m, wants 2000m but th­ese stay­ers can pro­duce good runs first-up and Grills is happy with the way he’s go­ing head­ing into the race.

“It will be too short for him, I think,’’ Grills said.

“He’ll have to get out to a mile be­fore he’s a prospect but he might just put in a good run fresh.

“He went to the track on Tues­day and ran a f air time i n work so he might be there some­where.”

Pic­ture: Jerad Wil­liams

Look for Ben Looker to ride a few win­ners at Ar­mi­dale to­day.

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