A disastrous trip to Melbourne a year ago with Famous Seamus won't stop trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith trying again if the sprinter performs to expectations in Saturday's Lightning Handicap at Randwick.
Famous Seamus is the equal topweight with Rarefied on 59kg in the 1100m race and will be ridden by Tim Clark, who was aboard for his last-start third in the group3 Premiere Stakes (1200m). ''It was an exceptionally good run last time,'' Mayfield-Smith said.
Lucky Nine will bide time
Hong Kong trainer Caspar Fownes has sounded a note of caution over the prospects of his world-ranked sprinter Lucky Nine after the horse pulled up ''big'' after a gallop on Tuesday.
Lucky Nine is scheduled to run in Friday week's Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley, but the trainer expects a lot more in the group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) at Flemington on November 9.
''We're looking forward to him running a really big race first-up,'' Fownes said. ''Second-up we'll see the real horse.''
Studs jostle for Zoustar's services
Chris Waller believes Golden Rose winner Zoustar has improved since wining the group 1 as the major studs jostle for his services.
Zoustar has arrived in Melbourne following his Roman Consul Stakes win on the long weekend with his next assignment the Coolmore Stud Stakes on Derby day.
''All the main studs are on him and ... things are getting close to sorting out the final price,'' Waller said. ''It will be good to get [it] tidied up so you don't have to worry about it going into Coolmore.''
Waldpark turns on the power
Outsider Waldpark outshone the Caulfield Cup favourites in the morning gallops on the course proper at Flemington on Tuesday.
Beaten in the Benalla Cup last start, Waldpark was given a testing hit out by Brenton Avdulla and ran his last 400m in 22.80 seconds, the best of the session, which included Hawkspur, Royal Descent and Silent Achiever.
''He was off the bridle for most of it but when I gave him a squeeze at the 500m he picked and just kept building,'' Avdulla said.
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