A test down the famous Flemington straight track is on the agenda first-up for the promising Andrew Noblet-trained Lord Esprit who resumes racing in a heat of the 2015 AR Creswick Series this Saturday.
The Caulfield-based Noblet is eager to see how is progressive Bel Esprit three-year-old Lord Esprit handles a step up in class on the weekend with the gelding one of 13 final acceptors for the $80,000 2015 A.R. Creswick Series Heat 5 (1100m).
Drawn midfield in barrier seven with apprentice Michael Dee booked for the ride in Flemington Race 2, the lightly-raced galloper has just his fourth career start in the Heat and shoots for his second victory.
Last time out on April 6 he broke his maiden status at Sandown-Lakeside winning a maiden set weights race over 1200m, form he’ll look to bring with him upon his return this winter.
All going well and Noblet hopes to have Lord Esprit up in black-type company after Saturday contesting the series’ final in the $120,000 Listed 1200m sprint back at Flemington on July 11.
In the latest markets at Ladbrokes.com.au for the AR Creswick Series Heat 5 it is $3.80 favourite Rough Justice with the big 60kg equal top weight leading the way.
The Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained Wanted gelding has run second in his two most recent starts including when beaten a nose over 1000m at Flemington by Husson Eagle on June 13.
Close second favourite at $4 is then the rails-drawn Star Stealer, the Darren Weir-trained son of Time Thief a winner of two of his three runs to date.
He also comes out of the same Flemington lead-up when third behind Husson Eagle and Rough Justice after winning his opening two runs last October, so should be improving second-up on Saturday.
Lord Esprit meanwhile is at $11 to win, something he’s capable of doing with another on-speed performance like last time out according to his trainer, so long as he handles the testing Flemington straight.
“I’m really happy with his condition and the way he’s going but it’s a bit of a test going up the straight having not been there before,” Noblet told AAP on Thursday.
“Some horses adapt straight away and some take a couple of goes at it. It will be interesting.”
Nobelt could also be represented on the card by By The Grace in the $40,000 Jeune Handicap (1610m), who Dee is also down to ride, so long as the track conditions in Melbourne suit the God’s Own four-year-old.
“He’s going well but I’m just worried about, if we don’t get any rain, how firm the track might be,” Noblet said, By The Grace having won two from three on Soft-rated tracks.
“He just doesn’t extend on firm tracks. I’d just rather a bit of cut in the ground for him.”
By The Grace won over the Morphettville mile in late May four his fourth career win but is out to atone for an eighth when beaten over four lengths by Clairvaux over 1800m at Flemington on June 13.
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