Trainer Robert Smerdon has been pleased with the condition of recent stable acquisition Last Typhoon through recent weeks and is confident the horse will run well in Saturday’s 2016 Grand Prix Stakes (2000m) at Doomben Racecourse.
Last Typhoon began his racing career under the guidance of the recently-retired Peter Moody in June last year and has more than stamped himself as one to watch in posting two wins and three minors through ten subsequent starts.
Having savaged the line despite finishing well down the order in the Jericho Cup Handicap (2000m) last time out on May 14th, Smerdon told AAP there are plenty of positives to take from the performance and believes the horse will enjoy the conditions of the 2016 Grand Prix Stakes.
“I think he’s going to run the trip and that’s a good starting point,” Smerdon said.
“So we’re certainly keen to give him his chance.
“He was quite good late in the race, through the line and past the line.
“The barrier forced us to go back a bit and Jake (Noonan) said he pulled a bit with the blinkers on. So we’re going to take them off and just leave him with winkers.”
Debuting to racing for 12th in the Grand Hotel Frankston Maiden (1300m) in August last year, Last Typhoon progressed to minor place finishes amongst talented company in each of the Skilled @ Darley BM64 (1612m), Evergreen Charity Raceday Maiden (1600m) and Adroit Insurance Maiden Plate (1850m).
Breaking through for a maiden race win in the Melbourne Cup Day @ Bairnsdale Maiden (2000m) on October 19th before returning to the paddock, the Street Cry colt resumed this time for a credible fifth in the Hargreaves Hill Brewery BM64 (1500m) on February 13th before taking out the Classicbet App Store BM64 (2000m) on March 4th.
Failing to fire in the talent-rich Noel Rundle Handicap (2000m) in his final start for Moody on March 26th, the colt out of Typhoon Tracy placed ninth in the Polytrack BM64 (2100m) upon debuting for Smerdon on April 20th.
The 2016 Grand Prix Stakes field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday today (Wednesday, 25 May 2016).
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