Aussie update with Adam Hamilton
FORMER Miracle Mile winner My Field Marshal looks right on target for another Perth raid.
Tim Butt’s stable star produced the run of the race, despite being beaten into fourth spot in a very strong $50,000 Group 2 Shirley Turnbull Memorial (2790m) at Bathurst last night (Thursday).
Best known as a sit-sprinter, My Field Marshal had to come three-wide without cover for the last 1000m – including a scorching 27.1sec 800-400m split – and was still only beaten 3.2m.
He carted eventual winner Alta Orlando into the race. More on the winner soon.
The first of Perth’s two majors is the Fremantle Cup on January 10 with the WA Pacing Cup a week later.
The biggest talking point of the race was another below-par run from Tiger Tara, who came and sat parked, but was spent down the back straight and tired to finish 21.6m away in eighth spot.
Big doubts now hang over a Perth raid, which looked certain before the run.
It is fair to say sending Alta Orlando to Sydney has been an inspired move.
Despite running some big races in NZ last season, the gelding went winless in 17 starts in NZ for the season despite two seconds and three thirds.
His 12 starts since joining Craig Cross and Luke McCarthy have netted four wins, two seconds and two thirds.
Those 12 runs have netted him almost $150,000 in stakemoney.
His versatility is becoming a big strength, as shown when he made the most of a great cart home then finished too strongly in the Shirley Turnbull last night in a blistering 1min55.9sec mile rate for the staying trip.
Our Uncle Sam showed he was happy to be back home after a disappointing Auckland Inter Dominion raid, running a terrific second.
Another former Kiwi, Make Way, ran his best race since coming to Sonya Smith and Anthony Butt’s stable for third.
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FORMER buzz juvenile The Storm Inside is making up for lost time.
Two serious injuries have him from almost three years on the track, but trainer Emma Stewart has never lost patience.
And now we’re seeing why.
The Storm Inside smashed the clock with a 1min50.7sec mile rate for 1710m in Ballarat’s Lightning Mile last night (Thursday).
He took 1.1sec off the track record set by Beach Surge on the same night two years ago.
He’s now won 16 of 18 starts and finished second in the other two.
And he looks right on target to dip into the big league for the Ballarat and Hunter Cups on January 18 and February 1 respectively.