For all his ability, he’s often been a frustration to connections and punters, but a talented Tamworth four-year-old takes the first step back on an exciting winter program at Tuesday’s feature Scone meeting.
Casino Lord hasn’t started since a fair closing effort in tougher Highway grade at Randwick more than four months ago, but he’s found a nice first-up open class country sprint over 1000m for the Cody Morgan stable.
Racing returns to Scone on Tuesday.
Behind a typical quiet trial, the big-finishing son of Group 1 winner Casino Prince travels down the highway for his first run at the track in a very competitive sprint, with several runners eyeing off bigger targets, even metropolitan assignments sooner rather than later.
Despite having won three, and placed a further four times, from only 11 starts, Casino Lord hasn’t won since a Benchmark 58 at home 13 months ago.
Mind you, from early last spring up until early February this year, he competed almost exclusively in Saturday Highway company, including consecutive and luckless placings at Randwick late last year when thundering home from the back.
The type of heart-in-mouth galloper who is capable of peeling off one of the faster closing sprints across country NSW on drier ground, Casino Lord can settle well back off what should be a strong speed on a spacious track that can entertain that telling finish.
The stable will certainly get an immediate line on where he’s at from a trio of home track rivals.
Improving four-year-old Street Power who is fifth-up; talented filly One Penny who draws the inside second-up; and hard-fit five-year-old Endless River; all pose a market threat.
Meanwhile, a potential match-race looms in a Benchmark 58 Handicap over 1700m between two well-bred and lightly raced three-year-olds who are both capable of figuring in metropolitan company down the track.
Trained on the track, Seahaven is a son of Japanese super sire and Group 1 winner Mikki Isle and steps up from a smart maiden win at Tamworth for only his third outing.
He will lock horns with exciting Newcastle filly Zippy Power who is a son of 2014 Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist, and also comes off a second-up maiden win at Port.
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