Le Romain firms in Memsie Stakes 2017 Betting

Futures 2017 Memsie Stakes betting is now tipped as a battle between the reigning champion

Le Romain, above, has firmed in the betting for the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield. Photo by Steve Hart.

Le Romain, above, has firmed in the betting for the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield. Photo by Steve Hart.

Black Heart Bart, Goodwood winner Vega Magic and Le Romain following the latter’s smart Randwick trial on Monday morning.

Kris Lees’ Hard Spun five-year-old Le Romain pleased his Newcastle trainer running fifth behind the Team Snowden-trained Group 1 winners Redzel and Russian Revolution over 1045m in the open hit-out.

That followed the galloper’s first-up second behind 2017 Epsom Handicap-bound stablemate Invincible Gem in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on August 5.

Invincible Gem, who placed seventh in Monday’s same trial, is down to take on Happy Clapper next-up on September 2 in the Group 2 $200,000 Tramway Stakes (1400m).

Triple Group 1 winner Le Romain also races on September 2 but the $2.2 million earner will head south embarking on a Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival bid starting at Caulfield in the Group 1 $1 million Memsie Stakes (1400m).

Le Romain is set to arrive in Victoria this coming Saturday where he will tune up for the Memsie Stakes with a hit-out at Caulfield the following Tuesday.

“It was just a trial to keep him ticking over, he wasn’t out there to do a lot,” Lees told Racing Victoria of Le Romain’s soft effort on Monday.

“He will have a hit-out at Caulfield on Tuesday and that will have him ready for the Memsie.”

Lees chases his first Memsie Stakes success and is rated a genuine hope of taking out the weight-for-age classic with Le Romain sitting at $6.50 in pre-nomination markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.

The Darren Weir-trained defending Memsie Stakes winner Black Heart Bart shares the first line of futures markets with Vega Magic after pulling up well from his first-up third behind Hartnell last Saturday in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield.

The bookies are taking no chances with the 1400m specialist despite Weir’s thoughts Black Heart Bart might be saving his peak fitness for third-up.

Weir may have also uncovered another Memsie Stakes contender over the weekend with a big run at Caulfield by his Japanese import Brave Smash.

A five-year-old stallion by Tosen Phantom, the Australian Bloodstock-raced Brave Smash debuted down under finishing just a quarter-length second to Lindsay Park’s The Goodwood winner Vega Magic in the Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m).

Coming from near last on the turn, Brave Smash showed off a scintillating turn of foot to finish in the money ahead of a possible Memsie Stakes run.

There has also been plenty of early interest by slot-holders in Brave Smash contesting the Restricted $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on October 14.

Brave Smash currently sits as a $9 single figure fancy in early Memsie Stakes odds and is listed at $26 in futures The Everest betting to make the line-up and take out the country’s newest feature race.

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