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Grey Lion’s autumn campaign

Click here to read Racing.com’s article on Grey Lion’s autumn campaign.

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Fastnet Latina wins first-up at Terang

Fastnet Latina made his Australian race debut today at Terang.  Given the lengths he has travelled to get here, it was most satisfying to see him dominate in such a manner.

Fastnet Latina was born in Ireland.  He is a son of Fastnet Rock and La Chunga.  La Chunga, by More Than Ready and a Group 3 winner herself in England, had already produced the Listed winner, Roheryn.  From the family of an American Group 1 Derby winner named Steve’s Friend, this young colt had much to live up to.

With OTI buying into the colt as a yearling, he transferred to the USA.  He was entrusted to Christophe Clement in New York and developed into a racehorse.  Soon after his 3rd birthday, he made his racetrack debut.  He would start three times at Gulfstream Park for Clement, working to the line over the concluding stages strongly on each occasion.    Whilst not winning, he showed us he had ability.

Following the identification of a tendon issue, Fastnet Latina was brought to Australia.  After successful rehabilitation with Lee Evison, he moved to Archie Alexander in Ballarat.  From the day he arrived, his progression thrilled Archie.  A quiet jump out at Ballarat in mid-January proved him ready for his first Australian start.

He now finds himself at Terang, more than 17,000kms from his birthplace.  Yet to win a race, and having recovered from a tendon, we remain confident leading in.  He duly salutes, in a manner that suggests that there are better wins in store.  A most satisfying victory for all concerned.

A replay of Fastnet Latina’s win at Terang today can be accessed through racing.com.

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Tom Melbourne headed to the Australian Cup

After 6 weeks of work, Tom Melbourne is set to trial at Balnarring on Wednesday the 1st of February. For this campaign, Tom has been training from the Freedman’s Pinecliff property in Mornington. The horse has responded well to the more relaxed environment of the facility. Tom returns to full work in excellent condition and with a far more relaxed temperament. His track rider reports that he is moving fluently and seems to be quite relaxed in his work, sitting behind horses and finishing strongly in his gallops.

Tom Melbourne - 20 January 2017 @ Pinecliff

If he trials well, Anthony Freedman will decide whether to head to the Group 3 Carlyon Cup at Caulfield on the 11th of February over 1600m, or start his campaign in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes over 1800m on the 25th February.  A forward run in either or both races will lay a foundation for him to start in the Group 1 Australian Cup at Flemington on the 11th March over 2000m.

The shorter distances planned for Tom Melbourne are on the back of a disappointing spring where the horse was unable to win over 2500m.  Watch Tom’s heart-breaking 2nd place to Oceanographer in the Group 3  Lexus Stakes.

The high cruising nature of the horse can be most deceptive to riders and trainers, as he had given the impression that he would develop into a strong stayer.  It is now evident that he will be better suited to slightly shorter to mid -distance journeys.  The stable is confident that he will be able to perform at the top level over races around the 2000m distance.  An exciting autumn prep looms for him.

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