Elios short-priced favourite to win Messenger

After a game second in last week's Group One Taylor Mile, it is little wonder that confidence levels are high with for Robert and John Dunn charge Elios in this week's Group One Messenger. Having to work hard early from a wide draw ultimately cost him success, but he never shirked his task in the run to the line.



Elios searches for Group One success in The Messenger


The 4yr old Bettor's Delight gelding has been a remarkably consistent performer this season, with 5 wins (including the scalps of Christen Me and Locharburn) and 4 seconds from just 9 starts in New Zealand. Add to this his two starts across the Tasman, which included an unlucky sixth in the Chariots on Interdom Grand-Final Day and it is little wonder that he will sport the Harness Jewels leadership colours in this week's race. From his handy barrier draw of 3, Elios is almost certain to lead off the gate. If he is able to control the race from the top, he will take a power of running down.    

While connections have every right to be confident, the biggest challengers could well be stablemate Franco Nelson and the Purdon Rasmussen trained Border Control. Group One proven, Franco Nelson has had no luck in his two starts this preparation and again comes up with an unsuitable draw of 7. Driver Dexter Dunn says that from the draw, all favours are afforded to Elios. However, he did admit that Franco Nelson has been running superb but luckless races. "He ran the fastest last half and quarter last week and we could only get within two lengths of them." The 2700m is right up his alley and luck in the running only needs to go his way to be in this. We wish the connections of both stable runners every success in this race.          

Posted: Wed 07 May 2014