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November 27, 2012
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Classy Aventura will win race eight

Jimmie, STAR Racing Writer

GRESFORD SMITH's disqualified Lotto Classic winner, AVENTURA, should use his class to land tomorrow's 1400-metre eighth race following his pipe-opener behind THERE GOES JUSTIN, ARGUMENT DONE and SIRMANDI on November 17.

Given a lengthy break by Smith after a hectic three-year-old campaign, 42 furlongs in a little over six weeks, AVENTURA returned off a four-month lay-up on November 17 to finish fourth in a fast-run 1820-metre event behind United States-bred THERE GOES JUSTIN and ARGUMENT DONE.

AVENTURA ran way better than his fourth-place finish might appear in the form book. The dark-bay gelding made up tremendous ground on tearaway leader THERE GOES JUSTIN from the three-pole and was actually challenging for the lead down along the rail a furlong and a half out before the American grey found another gear.

That was a big run for a horse returning off a four-month lay-up and tomorrow's reduced distance should pose no problem for Smith's runner though he has not ventured under a mile in his last six starts.

In fact seven furlongs should be right up AVENTURA's street as he is not a bona fide stayer, but instead a miler at best.

Her was third in the 2000 Guineas at a mile behind UNCLE DONNY and ALL CORRECT on April 9 and was second to upset winner ITALIANO in the 1400-metre Prince Consort Stakes on March 17.

Anthony Nunes' EL PATRON is being touted as the horse to beat following his loss to United States-bred KIPLING WEEKEND at 1300 metres a week before AVENTURA raced on November 17, running on from off the pace but safely held by the Philip Feanny-trained American.

That afternoon, EL PATRON narrowly finished ahead of ARGUMENT DONE, by a head, for second place behind KIPLING WEEKEND, hence his backers' reason for fancying him against AVENTURA.

However, ARGUMENT DONE was returning off a lay-up and venturing over a distance way short of his liking. EL PATRON was expected to finish ahead of ARGUMENT DONE and barely did so.

Though ARGUMENT DONE returned the following week to beat AVENTURA by four when second behind THERE GOES JUSTIN, he was on his turf, a distance of ground, after getting a blowout the previous week, whereas AVENTURA was returning off a four-month lay-up.

EL PATRON should not bother AVENTURA whose mid-race pace is far superior and should be on his bridle while Nunes' runner struggles to keep pace.

Look elsewhere for the exacta. CLASSIC PRINCESS, who finished second by a neck to CANTARE at 1500 metres on September 1, beating then-favourite EL PATRON into fifth place, should chase home AVENTURA.

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