Back Long Running Train


June 28, 2016

LONG RUNNING TRAIN should go on a stroll in tomorrow afternoon's open allowance at a mile, allowed back into the class since May despite recording back-to-back wins at the level - January 23 and March 26.

The United States-bred four-year-old filly utilised her get-out-of-jail card at the beginning of the June, a four-month condition which nullifies her January 23 victory.

Therefore, after just one race in grade one, the 1820-metre Legal Light Trophy, a creditable five lengths behind the country's best horse, SEEKING MY DREAM, LONG RUNNING TRAIN returns to plunder an open allowance distance race.

She had no chance against speedy BUZZ NIGHTMARE at 1000 metres straight in her first race back at the level on June 4. However, that was still a decent warm-up, finishing 12 lengths behind a lightning-fast 57.2.

Back at a mile where she outclassed CAMPESINO and ALL CORRECT in January before slamming SOUTHERN CRUISE and BRAWN at 1820 metres in March, opposing LONG RUNNING TRAIN is unthinkable.

Any doubt where that is concerned, remember this is the same horse who placed second to PERFECT NEIGHBOUR in the grade one Harry Jackson Memorial last Boxing Day.

She belongs in grade one, which should also be the home of SEEKING MY DREAM, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, POKER STAR, BUZZ NIGHTMARE, FRANFIELD and others, only dropping class after ability wanes and lightweight allotment can be no further adjusted by the handicapper.

BRAWN, who showed a good turn of foot when putting away ALL CORRECT at a mile on June 11, clocking a decent 1:39.1, looked improved but not advanced enough to stop LONG RUNNING TRAIN.

Robert Halledeen, still stinging from FUTURE KING's disqualification in Saturday's Jamaica Derby, has the leg up aboard LONG RUNNING TRAIN for the first time as she goes for her seventh win from 15 starts.

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