It'll be a Royal Assault
ROYAL ASSAULT gets an ideal distance, 1100 metres, in tomorrow's War Zone Sprint after his brave effort at 1300 metres on Diamond Mile Day.
The chestnut colt disputed the lead with MARK OF A PRINCE from the start and shook loose of his pesky rival in the stretch run, but was collared close home by late-charging TARANIS, who benefited from the pace to win in a decent 1:18.4
Despite being crowded by BIG GEORGE and ROAD WI SEH after TARRANIS had pounced, a resolute ROYAL ASSAULT stayed true and held second place to the end.
Though he has picked up six pounds for that run, reporting at 123lbs, an eight-pound weight swing in apprentice-ridden MARKOFAPRINCE's favour, ROYAL ASSAULT had outclassed Carl Anderson's runner, who ended up down the track after the speed duel.
Lorne Kirlew's ROAD WI SEH was the loudest whisper at the track that afternoon but could not match the leaders for speed and was forced to run on in the straight. He returns with Richard Mitchell retained but has never finished ahead of ROYAL ASSAULT in their three meetings.
Drawn at postposition four with MARKOFAPRINCE to his inside, Ellis needn't engage his lighter rival in a breakneck duel. ROYAL ASSAULT has enough class to stalk and pounce off the final turn, considering how he had disposed of Anderson's runner last time out.
Elsewhere on the 12-race card, Philip Feanny's CAMPESINO should frank his second-place run behind CAMPESINO in the Caribbean Sprint by landing the 1400-metre Gladiator Trophy.
Similar to ROYAL ASSAULT, CAMPESINO found only one better last time out. He finished a comfortable second ahead of ALL CORRECT, clocking 1:11.3 behind the winner's 1:11.0. Stablemate SMOKEY TOPAZ should carry the pace before Dane Nelson pounces on the final turn.