Targets north and south this weekend for stable
Dress-rehearsal for Taylor Mile
After their game runs in Australia in February and March, top 4yr olds Elios and Franco Nelson are back and looking to stamp their dominance on the 4yr old ranks over the next couple of weeks. For both horses, their last start was the Chariots of Fire seven weeks ago. They both produced game efforts in running 4th (Franco Nelson) and 6th (Elios). Franco Nelson had to work too hard early to lead and while fighting hard in the straight, found the testing Menangle straight too much of an impost on this occasion. Elios had no luck at all and was obliged to race wide for much of the race.
Freshened after Australia, the two are close to where the stable would like them to be:
Franco Nelson has been brought back slowly after a couple of tough, but successful months, through January-March. He is a class act, but is probably, "a little bit behind," stablemate Elios as they approach their comeback race this week. He is sure to be ready to go for next week's Taylor Mile, but his class is sure to take him a long way this Friday. Dexter takes the reins for the first time this week.
Elios was a big mover through the New Year period with his notable scalp being that of Grand Circuit champion Christen Me in the JLT Futurity stakes at Grp 2 level at Cambridge. He followed up this victory with two starts in Sydney - a 1st up 3rd and then his game 6th in the Chariots. He is a bit more "trial ready" than his profile stablemate, and has a great draw (2) to work with. "We know he loves the track and he was the first to beat Locharbun up there back in December. He's ready to go, but will also only improve with this run."
Southern Supremacy draws work well for stable runners
The venue has changed - now Gore, the field is largely the same, but in a big bonus for stable hopes, the draws have rolled the right way for - Return To Sender (1) and No Doctor Needed (5) for the rerun of the Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes at Group 2 level.
Having taken on the top 3yr olds at Addington in the derby a fortnight ago, this week's contest could be described as a slight "dropback", however, with runners the ilk of Messini engaged this week, it will be far from a walk in the park. The draws do afford options for their respective drivers - Return To Sender (Dexter) and No Doctor Needed (John). "Return To Sender has run well in previous trips down south and Dex does get on well with him," said John. "He has real gatespeed when needed and should be able to dictate terms early on. The 2700m should suit as he is a real staying type these days." "No Doctor Needed is such an untapped talent. We were stoked with the run in the Flying Stakes and then the draw put paid to any hope that we might have had in the derby. Of our two I do favour his chances slightly, but the other fella is far from out of it." When prompted as to the toughest chance outside of his two, John quickly responded "Messini and Bettor Buy It."
Posted: Wed 23 Apr 2014