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The now Victorian-based Stephen Brown is hoping his stable revelation Sea Lord can continue their good form for him on Saturday when they add a touch of class to the 2013 All Victorian Sprint Series Final at Flemington Racecourse.
Previously prepared in Sydney by David Payne, the now five-year-old Street Cry gelding joined Darwin ex-pat Brown’s new Flemington-based stable early last year.
It was a winning combination straight away too with the galloper successful in his opening two starts for Brown including a Listed sprint at Moonee Valley.
Before being sent to Victoria Sea Lord hadn’t won a race since March of 2011 and had been racing well below par after that.
Their gutsy efforts for Brown have continued over the past year too with their most notable performance being a break through Group win in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on January 25.
From there Brown stepped them up to Group 1 company for the Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield but they could only manage to finish ninth to Mrs Onassis, albeit beaten just three and a half months.
Sea Lord then resumed off a four month break at the Valley on June 15 when carrying 68kg to a brave fourth behind Dee Bee Nine (51kg) in a 1200m handicap.
“He’s been a bit of a revelation,” Brown said.
“He came to me in a package deal from David Payne in Sydney and he’s won three races for us and is turned out to be the star of the team.”
Saturday they go back to black type racing for the $120,000 Listed All Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m), which attracted 12 early nominations on Monday.
Entries have been left open until 10:00am (AEST) Tuesday.
Other notable hopefuls currently in the mix meanwhile include Sea Lord’s last start conqueror Dee Bee Nine and Peter Snowden’s veteran sprinter Skytrain.
Along with Sea Lord Lonhro seven-year-old Skytrain is also a former Group winner having taken out the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) back in February.
They were last seen finishing seventh to Howmuchdoyouloveme in the Group 3 W.J. Healy Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm on June 22 and if accepted will be racing in Victoria for just the second time in their career.
Their debut run in Melbourne was at Flemington in February last year when they resumed off a five month break to finish dead last in a 1200m handicap.
The 2013 All Victorian Sprint Series Final field and barriers are out on Wednesday and will be published right here at Races.com.au.
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