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Maher with strong hand in Flemington sprint

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The Ciaron Maher stable will need all hands on deck when they saddle five runners for a sprint race at Flemington.

STEEL CITY.<br />
STEEL CITY.
  Picture: Martin King / Sportpix

The Ciaron Maher stable will saddle five three-year-olds in a sprint race down the straight at Flemington and if they had their way it would be more. 

Steel City , Namesake, Le Parrain , Links and Wallenda line up in the ATA Trainers' Trust Handicap (1100m) on Saturday while the stable had Takeko balloted from the race with Pharari being saved for a race at Mornington on Monday. 

Jack Turnbull, Maher's assistant trainer who runs the Cranbourne stable, said it is not ideal having so many horses in the one race. 

"It's programming. There's not a lot of races for the three-year-olds, especially straight races," Turnbull said. 

"We had Pharari and Takeo entered, but they've got to go elsewhere." 

Turnbull is looking forward to the return of Steel City who won the Group 3 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill last year after being unlucky in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Sandown. 

Steel City had one run in the spring, finishing well back at Flemington, and was then spelled. 

"She had a bit of time off to let her grow out," Turnbull said. 

"She had a plain preparation after the Blue Diamond, so we reset her over a long period of time. 

"I can't fault her homework, albeit she has to carry a bit of weight. 

"She will be there for a long way, but late, I think she may be a little bit soft." 

Turnbull said Steel City was a much stronger filly now and had always shown a touch of class after arguably being unlucky in the Blue Diamond last year. 

He said Steel City's jump-outs had been strong and she had responded when pushed along. 

Namesake was successful during the Brisbane Winter Carnival last year and after campaigning in Sydney last spring is set to make his Victorian debut on Saturday. 

"He had a bit of time off with a hiccup and has been prepared for this up in Ballarat," Turnbull said. 

"You would think with the time off, he might need the run, but I saw him last week and he seems in good form." 

Links is looking to go back-to-back down the straight scoring there on May 18. 

"She's very effective down the straight. It's rare to find horse that really appreciate straight racing," Turnbull said. 

"She's drawn the standside, which I think is great. It's a step up, but you can't dismiss her form." 

Turnbull is expecting an improved performance from Wallenda after beating only two runners home behind Links at his first run back from a spell. 

"He's a gassy, think-winded horse, which takes a run," Turnbull said. 

"He's handled the straight and is one that could improve." 

Le Parrain is coming off a last start Bendigo win. 

"He's an improving horse and could surprise," Turnbull said. 


Racing and Sports

Flemington

Saturday, 08th June 2024

7
15:20
(local)

TAB / ATA Trainers? Trust Handicap

Age: 3yo WT: 54.0kg Type: Qlty
AUD $150,000
1100m TURF GOOD
7
15:20
(local)
AUD $150,000
1100m GOOD

TAB / ATA Trainers? Trust Handicap

Age: 3yo WT: 54.0kg Type: Qlty


FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 12. RIGHT TO PARTY (AUS) 3yo F
ZOUSTAR (AUS) - DE GROOVE (AUS)
JYE MCNEIL
A & S FREEDMAN
$6
55.5kg
Pinecliff Racing (Mgr: J B Munz) & D A Dexter
2nd 13. MARBLE NINE (AUS) 3yo G
KOBAYASHI (AUS) - AURA LEE (NZ)
TATUM BULL
Leon & Troy Corstens
$5
52kg
T A Brooks, Mrs S Brooks, D J Blair, Mrs M R Blair, Mrs C E Whitbread, J N Whitbread, A R Walton & Palya Bloodstock Pty Ltd (Mgr: C Mckeon)
3rd 17. PRINZERRO (AUS) 3yo G
PIERRO (AUS) - DONGXING PRINCESS (AUS)
DANIEL STACKHOUSE
PHILLIP STOKES
$11
54.5kg
Bennett Racing Pty Ltd (Mgr: N P Bennett), R Menchise, R B M Gosden, Bayside Sheikhs (Mgr: D J Devola), L Bennett, Cockram Racing 5 (Mgr: W H Cockram), Bennett Dongxing One (Mgr: N P Bennett), Bennett Dongxing Two (Mgr: N P Bennett), M V Broadhead, NDC Racing (Mgr: P J Mcdonald) & Z Trimcevski

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4th 9. LINKS (AUS) 3yo F
SPIETH (NZ) - MY LADY'S CHAMBER (AUS)
BEAU MERTENS
CIARON MAHER
$26
56kg

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5th 11. WALLENDA (AUS) 3yo C
TRAPEZE ARTIST (AUS) - LADY CIRCLES (AUS)
ETHAN BROWN
CIARON MAHER
$31
56kg

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6th 18. UNDERPANTS (AUS) 3yo G
VA PENSIERO (AUS) - DUTIFUL (AUS)
JOE BOWDITCH
S SPACKMAN
$26
54kg
7th 7. LE PARRAIN (AUS) 3yo G
STREET BOSS (USA) - NOTRE DAME (AUS)
BEN ALLEN
CIARON MAHER
$11
56.5kg

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8th 15. ROMANTIC CHOICE (AUS) 3yo F
TORONADO (IRE) - CHOICE SUNDAY (AUS)
LINDA MEECH
TOM DABERNIG
$26
54kg

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9th 2. NAMESAKE (AUS) 3yo G
MAURICE (JPN) - BANKSIA (AUS)
DECLAN BATES
CIARON MAHER
$26
59.5kg

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10th 16. THAILESS (AUS) 3yo F
NEEDS FURTHER (AUS) - MAI THAI (AUS)
DEAN YENDALL
ANDREW BOBBIN
$67
54kg
11th 14. VINTAGE STAR (AUS) 3yo G
STARSPANGLEDBANNER (AUS) - VINTAGE SALON (AUS)
ZAC SPAIN
R & C JOLLY
$26
55kg

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12th 3. PIVOT CITY (AUS) 3yo C
NOT A SINGLE DOUBT (AUS) - DI LUSSO (AUS)
JORDAN CHILDS
MICK PRICE & MICHAEL KENT JNR
$7.5
58.5kg

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13th 5. TITLE FIGHTER (AUS) 3yo G
LEAN MEAN MACHINE (AUS) - IF NOT NOW WHEN (AUS)
PAUL GATT
CLAYTON DOUGLAS
$26
58kg

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14th 4. ATLANTIC SPIRIT (AUS) 3yo F
FROSTED (USA) - TRUE PRIORITY (AUS)
ALANA KELLY
THOMAS CONLAN
$16
58kg

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15th 1. STEEL CITY (AUS) 3yo F
MERCHANT NAVY (AUS) - PITTSBURGH FLYER (AUS)
CELINE GAUDRAY
CIARON MAHER
$26
58.5kg

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16th 6. CARBONADOS (NZ) 3yo G
BELARDO (IRE) - HUMORESQUE (NZ)
LUKE CURRIE
BEN, WILL & JD HAYES
$5.5
57kg

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