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Melbourne Column by George Lucas 24/08/17


The Robert Smerdon trained Oak Door resumes in the Art Series Hotel Group Hcp, 1200m. Been ticking over at Caulfield for a while now and went super in his trial on Tuesday morning over 800m, when they ran 50.72, he sat out wide and cruised in front and was never tested or pushed. He looks primed to run a cracking race here, 
Mighty Like went 1000 in evens and home last 200m in 12s. 
In form Lovani comes into the Dr Sheahan Plate off a freshen up and looks well placed and weighted. Went nicely on Tuesday morning over 800m in her trial, they ran 50.76. She went beautifully and looks great.
Divine Chills is fit as a fiddle, went 800m in 54.0 on the bit. 
Typhoon Monaco has been working super on the training track. She trialled well over 800m, they ran 50.98 and she wasn't too far off them.
The McKenzie Stakes looks a nice race on paper for the Mick Price trained Lone Eagle. Shown a stack of ability in only 3 outings to date and freshen up has done him the world of good and I'd expect him to be ultra competitive here. Tuesday morning he worked with Cao Cao, (promising 3yo who is some chance here too) over 800m in evens, last 400m in 23.89. His recent work on the training track has been first rate.
Talented Bel Esprit mare Lady Esprit resumes on the SAJ Fruit Supply Carlyon Stakes, run over 1000m at listed level. She's a winner first up and excels at this track and distance. 54kg on her back and barrier 5, likely to sit up on the pace and should be thereabouts at the business end. Reports from Tuesday morning where that she worked on the Valley course proper and was "very impressive". 
Cracking 2 runs back from a spell from the Mick Price trained Duke Of Brunswick, who'll face the starter in the Ladbrokes Hcp, 1500m with only 53.5kg Went through his paces on Tuesday morning with Princess Of Queens, they strode over 1200m in 1.21, last 400m in 24.96 and 12.80 last 200m split. He's ready to peak here 3rd up and should go very close.
Super win last start by Here To There. Backing up, won't know himself with 51kg after the claim and is as fit as can be for this. 

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