Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra hope Flemington straight track specialist Prezado can take strong form around a bend
TRAINERS Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra want to broaden the horizons of Prezado, hellbent on the Flemington straight track specialist racing consistently around bends.
Prezado will be aimed at the Listed Carlyon Stakes on Saturday at The Valley after three wins and a second at Flemington.
The six year-old gelding has the fitness and class to measure up in the 1000m dash, as long as the stable can iron out some galloping quirks.
“He had a jumpout yesterday and probably trialled the best he‘s trialled,” Zahra said.
“He went around the corner quite well for him which is something that we‘ve got to try and teach him.
“We can’t just keep him to (racing) down the (Flemington) straight.
“If all is well we might run him at Moonee Valley on Saturday.”
Five of Prezado‘s six victories have been at Flemington, with the only other success a benchmark 78 at Pakenham in 2018.
He went “horrible” in March at Bendigo and prior to that at Mornington also, making a meal of the bends in 1100m and 1200m sprints.
“He‘s such a big brute of a horse and it is hard for him to get around them (the corners),“ Zahra said.
“He likes to build momentum so when you see him he‘s just a massive horse and he just struggles for some reason.
“It has turned him around (kept to straight races) he‘s got his confidence up and we’ll see how The Valley turns out on Saturday.”
A Listed victory to cap the carnival could be just the tonic for the astute yard to “fluke” a shot at the Group 1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington in the autumn.
“His straight form is good, his winter form and times suggest that he can be competitive,” Zahra said.
“That’s obviously a bit far away but something we’ve got our eye on down the track.”
Valley flyer Meteorite could also head towards the Carlyon Stakes despite an upset result in the 55 Second Challenge heat last Friday night.
The 955m record-holder went around as $1.50 favourite but found Grandview Avenue too strong in the closing stages.
Calvin McEvoy will monitor the four year-old gelding this week before a decision is made.
“We’ll see how he comes through his run,” McEvoy said.
“I’ve had a plan that if he won (Friday) night then we’d go there (Carlyon).
“Although he didn’t win he’s still very well.”
Stablemate Deep Speed is likely to tackle the Listed McKenzie Stakes (1200m) on Saturday.
“We tried him at 1400 (metres) during Cup Week and he showed that he wasn’t quite ready,” McEvoy said.
“He’s in really good form and the 1200 metres should suit. He’s won at The Valley, too.”
The rescheduled Listed features were supposed to be run on August 22 at the Valley but torrential rain and surface water forced the abandonment of that meeting after five races.
Originally published asPrezado driving trainers around the bend
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