Robbie Laing was so impressed with Audino and Scelto’s one-two performance in a Benchmark 78 over 1500m at Sandown on Saturday that the trainer has decided to back up the pair and run them both at Flemington this Saturday.
Audino raced up to be outside his stable mate at Sandown and they were level turning for home. In a long battle up the running he was able to get clear onto late and grabbed Scelto in the last few strides.
This Saturday the pair won’t have to run against each other with Laing opting to enter Audino in The Dorevitch Pathology Handicap (1600m) while Scelto will contest The Western Health Foundation Handicap (1700m).
Six-year-old gelding Audino will search for his third straight victory on Saturday after impressively winning a Benchmark 70 over 1600m at Cranbourne on November 28 by four lengths.
Laing admits he is a challenging horse to train but he is in a good frame of mind at the moment, which is reflective in his recent wins. The gelding has pulled up in excellent condition after his Sandown win and won’t struggle with the back-up at Flemington.
“Mick Kent Junior rides him in his work and said he had pulled up super after last week, better than he did after his Cranbourne win,” Laing told Sky Racing.
“He has a beautiful glow to him, he’s the same weight as he was last Friday so he can win again.”
Meanwhile Scelto has been plagued by injury within his three year racing career, spending two one year stints on the sidelines since 2012.
Laing has gotten the gelding back in shape and believes the step up to 1700m on Saturday is the ideal start for the six-year-old.
“Just the fact that he ran over 1500 metres last Saturday and it’s only 200 metres further, I don’t have to bust his gut to get him any fitter,” Laing said.
“He’ll begin well and if there’s no speed he’ll take up the running but if there’s anything inside him that wants to press on he can park second or third and be hard to beat.”
Audino is $2.80 favourite in The Dorevitch Pathology Handicap betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au after scoring a start from barrier four while Scelto is a $9 shot in The Western Health Foundation Handicap betting alongside Sadaqa and Practiced. He will have to overcome a start from the widest barrier.
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