Go with Actionman
LORENZO Robinson's ACTION MAN gets an ideal distance, a quick 1100 metres, to run rivals into the ground in tomorrow's Howard Phillipps Memorial.
Included in the nine-horse field are five fillies, none of whom can match ACTION MAN for speed. His other three rivals, two geldings and a colt, have neither the form nor speed to deny him following his strong third-place run behind DWAYNE STAR at 1000 metres straight on January 31.
Partnered by apprentice Bebeto Harvey last time out, ACTION MAN disputed the lead with LEGAL ACCOUNT from the start before DWAYNE STAR closed in mid-track to overhaul both a half furlong out. The pair set quick splits of 22.3 and 45.3, burning out themselves, and had no response when DWAYNE STAR pounced.
DWAYNE STAR had reported for that race with solid runs under his girth, finishing no more than five lengths behind winners such as LONG RUNNING TRAIN, TARANIS, ROYAL ASSAULT and BRAWN in four consecutive races.
Omar Walker partners ACTION MAN, who heads the scale at 56.0 kilos. However, the four-year-old colt is not too heavy to take charge of the event coming off the final turn. The filly DINNER BY SEVEN has some speed, but was well beaten by ACTION MAN in their last three meetings.
The two expected closers, COMMANDING AVIATOR and TURBO MACHINE CAT, are recent graduates to non-winners-of-three, having both beaten non-winners-of-two in the last two weeks. Going up against a seasoned sprinter in ACTION MAN, a rude awakening awaits them at 1100 metres.