Bank on Long Running Train
LONG RUNNING TRAIN has been handed what appears an easy task in Saturday's Bonnie Blue Flag Trophy, getting a ridiculous 11lb from HOVER CRAFT in the 1820-metre event.
Nonsensical conditions have somehow resulted in HOVER CRAFT, winner of an overnight allowance race last Saturday, carrying topweight 57.0 kilos in the six-horse field.
Meanwhile, LONG RUNNING TRAIN, a United States-bred filly, who beat the best open allowance horses on January 23, and was second to the country's joint top-rated horse, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, in her previous start, comes in at 52.0 kilos.
LONG RUNNING TRAIN represents a five-star banker. The last time she ventured 1820 metres, she won the October 24 Royal Dad Trophy in 1:53.4. She had HOVER CRAFT behind in that event in addition to when she had placed second to PERFECT NEIGHBOUR in December's Harry Jackson Memorial at 12 furlongs.
SOUTHERN CRUISE is more favourable off at the weight, 50.0 kilos, but was eight and a half lengths behind LONG RUNNING TRAIN the Royal Dad Trophy. The American filly has trained on since, which leaves SOUTHERN CRUIOSE with no chance of turning the tables on her.
Another sound banker on the 11-race card is Anthony Nunes' BERRANCA in the third event at 1100 metres. The four-year-old filly hasn't raced in eight months but has looked zippy at exercise this month, looking better with each speed gallop from the gate.
She was clocked in 1:00.1 on March 5 before returning to post 59.4 last Saturday morning. Third in last year's 1000 Guineas and second in the Oaks, BERRANCA last raced in the Derby, finishing next to last.
Her long absence clearly suggests something had kept her out of racing. However, she has some class about her and won't find 1100 metres too sharp against 10 age-group rivals, none of whom were ever considered classic material last season.