Victorian Sprint Star to Hit Turbo Again at Flemington

Last start winner of the All Victorian Sprint Final, the Colin and Cindy Alderson-trained Perturbo is back at the celebrated Flemington track this Saturday vying for their third win on the trot in the $150,000 Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m).

Jugah gelding Perturbo is the early $3.10 favourite in the Luxbet markets for Flemington Race 6 on Saturday, the exciting six-year-old looking to continue their recent purple patch and add to their commanding record down the Flemington straight.

After rising to the challenge of the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley back in March, Perturbo finishing a brave fourth behind superstar sprinter Black Caviar, the Cranbourne galloper has been in career best form.

“It wasn’t just me, everyone thought he was limited,” Cindy Alderson said of Perturbo who is vying for their maiden stakes win on Saturday.

During the winter Perturbo finished a narrow second beaten in the final stride by Dubleanny in the Listed Henry Bucks Straight Six (1200m), a race they would have won had they not encountered interference near the 1000 metre mark, before posting successive victories at Flemington in June – July.

Most recent they took out the $150,000 All Victorian Sprint Final (1200m) in a thrilling finish over Mid Summer Music and on Saturday they get the chance again this time in the Aurie’s Star.

“He runs really well there (Flemington),” Alderson said.

“He loves the straight.

“He’s got better with age, he’s like a good wine.

“He’s a big, long strider and he appreciates racing in a straight line.”

Ben Melham has retained the ride on Perturbo for Saturday, the in-form hoop having ridden the galloper for 12 of their 27 career starts including a quartet of city wins and their fourth to speed machine Black Caviar.

It is this successful jockey-horse combination that Alderson is again banking on for tomorrow.

Perturbo is drawn awkwardly in barrier 10 of 14, but their draw has not deterred the punters who are backing them on form and class.

“That’s (the barrier is) fine for him,” Alderson said.

“We probably want a bit of speed and a dry track, that’s all he really needs.”

Following Saturday, Alderson indicated that the $200,000 Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m), a race he ran fourth in on a Heavy track to Doubtful Jack in last year, at Flemington on September 3 would be a nice next race for Perturbo before deciding if they were worthy of a higher-stakes Melbourne Cup Carnival target.

“He’s sound and he’s happy and he might go to the Bobbie Lewis if he won this and then he might come back for something at the end of the spring when the carnival goes back to Flemington,” she said.

“I just don’t get the impression that he’ll handle Caulfield, by the time he gets around the corner it will be a bit too late.”

Other horses up the top of the Aurie’s Star Handicap betting markets this year include Peter Snowden’s Canny Lad gelding Offenders ($5.50), the Peter Moody-trained Miss Gai Flyer ($5.50) and Temple Of Boom ($7.50) who will be ridden by gun Kiwi jockey James McDonald.

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