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Melbourne Column by George Lucas 11/01/18


Expect the Mick Price trained The Chairman to improve with racing and distance, however, the Seascay Hcp, 1700m isn’t out of his grasp here 2nd up. Wasn’t pushed hard on Tuesday morning, working over 1200m in evens and 24.84 last 400m. Going well this time in and on target to bag a few. Black-book him. 
Impressive debut from Al Dorama at Sandown back in December, going down by ½ length to Graceful Storm. He’s improved in condition nicely since and appears to right in the mix in the Meadow Mist Plate, 1000m. His work was good during the week, striding over 600m in 35.50 and 23.76 last 400m. 
The improving and untapped Tagreeda worked super during the week in the lead up to the Craftsman Hcp, 1400m. She partnered up with Mighty Boss over 1000m, running home last 800m in 50.29 and 23.31 last 400m split. 3rd up and well placed.
Bellegano also 3rd up,  went 600m in 36.52 and 23.79 last 400m. 
Shawla breezed over 800m in 51.89 and 23.86 last 400m. 
The Aaron Purcell trained Lite’n My Veins has been holding his condition well given he’s been so sparingly raced over the Summer months. He’ll should be right there amongst them in the Chester Manifold Stakes, 1400m, run at listed level. Maintenance gallop on Tuesday over 1000m in 1.10 and a tick on 26.0 last 400m. C Williams to pilot a huge plus.
The Henry Dwyer trained Straviera is 3rd up in the Gavelhouse Bm64 Friday night at Cranbourne. Impressive win last start, no reason she won’t be very competitive again if she can overcome her awkward alley. Tuesday morning she went 600m in 37.38 and 23.92 last 400m, on the bit. 
Mick Price will most likely back up with Pete’s Dragon on Friday night at Cranbourne in the NZB Karaka BM64 Hcp. She’s been in excellent order throughout this prep and racing in great heart. Rock hard fit and holding her condition well, stable expect her to be right there at the business end. 
Big watch Sirius Black who drops in grade on her most recent outing.

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