After an all-the-way win at Moonee Valley last time out, trainer Stephen Brown is confident of running his veteran galloper Sea Lord back in black-type company in Saturday’s 2015 Monash Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse.
The sole Group race of the weekend, this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) attracted 16 nominations including the Robbie Laing-trained defending champ Lord Of The Sky who comes off a Group 1 second in Adelaide’s The Goodwood from the autumn.
Another in-form nominee for the weight-for-age clash is Brown’s seven-year-old son of Street Cry Sea Lord, the gelding improving on a dead last when 11th first-up on June 6 to win at Moonee Valley on June 20 over 1200m.
The 44-start sprinter carried only 52.5kg that day thanks to the claim of apprentice jockey Jake Bayliss so will need to improve going right up in the kilos to 58.5kg this weekend if accepted.
Still, the Flemington-based Brown believes the Sir John Monash Stakes to be a nice race for Sea Lord who chases his 10th career win and first at the Caulfield track.
“I think it’s quite a nice race for him so more than likely he will run,” Brown told AAP.
“He’s going really well. He looks well and I’m really happy with him.
“I think he’s back in form and looks fantastic.”
Sea Lord is best known for his victory in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at The Valley back in January of 2013, and Brown is hoping to get him back to Group winning form this campaign after his return from injury.
The injury, a rip to a join capsule open on one of his back legs, was sustained during a failed run at Flemington last November and got infected keeping him away from racing until his return last month.
Feet issues have troubled the warhorse over his career but currently he and his feet look good, Brown pleased with where Sea Lord is at leading into Saturday and beyond this winter – spring season.
“He’s got very shelly feet and if you don’t stay on top of it he can feel them,” he said.
“But I’ve got a good farrier and we’ve kept on top of them this preparation.”
Other possible rivals for Sea Lord in the Sir John Monash Stakes on the weekend include Lee & Anthony Freedman’s well performed Commands mare Minaj and last start Adelaide winning raider Heart Of A Lion.
The 2015 Sir John Monash Stakes field and barriers are out on Wednesday morning so stay tuned.
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