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A Bridge Not Far Enough for Stayer
It's often the case for a promising stayer that 3200m is a bridge too far, but that will be quite the opposite for quality New Zealand-bred stayer Ablaze (Raise The Flag) when he contests the Stayer's Cup (3200m) at Rosehill on Saturday at a distance short of his best, reports NZ Racing Desk. The 8YO gelding has been in hot form in Australia for trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, winning his last five races, including The Jericho Cup (4600m) and Grand Annual Steeplechase (5500m). The Stayer's Cup will be his first run since his winning effort in the marathon Warrnambool feature and the stable's Sydney foreman Annabelle Neesham believes he can continue his picket fence form line. "Ablaze will contest the Stayer's Cup and he is probably our best (chance) for the week," she said. "He won the Jericho Cup and he won the Grand Annual over 5500m, so the 3200m is probably short of his best, but if it is a wet slog then that will be to his liking."