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Interstate trip beckons for smart sprinter

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A trip to Melbourne beckons for former Victorian sprinter Music Addition following another outstanding win in Hobart on Sunday.

Music Addition.
Music Addition. Picture: HKJC

In Brief

  • Music Addition stakes his claim on a return to Melbourne.
  • Three wins from four starts impressive for well travelled sprinter.
  • Darmanin impressed with gelding's latest form.

The Glenn Stevenson-trained gelding outgunned a small but talented field with consummate ease, and it gave the well-travelled gelding an impressive record of three wins and a second from his only four starts in the state.

"This horse has kept on improving since he arrived and with not much left for him here, we might have to think about heading across the water to find a suitable race or two while he is in such good form," Stevenson said.

Jockey Anthony Darmanin opted to lead and while he encountered some opposition early for that spot, Music Addition ($1.55 fav) rolled to the front and when the rider asked for an effort the gelded son of Your Song kicked clear and went on to defeat Kuroset ($8) by four lengths with Blaze Forth ($5) a close-up third.

"Glenn's (Stevenson) got this horse flying and the way he is at the moment he deserves to be back in Melbourne," Darmanin said.

"Once he found the lead he settled really well and while he got his head up a bit at the 400m once we hit the straight, he levelled out and finished off strong."

Music Addition was trained by Peter Gelagotis and remains owned by family members.

The gelding had a stint in Hong Kong when trained by Peter Robl and he had two wins at Happy Valley before returning to Australia and was sold to Gelagotis.

He won a race at Pakenham (1200m) on the synthetic in his first prep for Gelagotis and he was a game second to Ancestry in a BM78 at Caulfield and finished fourth and only 2.8 lengths from the winner in the Dual Choice Plate at Geelong.

Music Addition had a rating of 79 going into Sunday's race so he is likely to receive at least three rating points from the handicapper that would most likely discount him tackling a BM76 in Hobart over 1100m in a fortnight.

Stevenson might have to look at the Victorian calendar to seek a suitable race or wait until the next open sprint in Tasmania, which is in Launceston on 26 June, but it is over 1400m.

The next 1200-metre sprint doesn't roll around until 24 July in Launceston.

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