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23/8/2017 Lindsay Park cup contenders trial well.

At yesterday’s Tatura barrier trials, Lindsay Park-trained Cup contenders Ventura Storm (Zoffany) and Harlem (Champs Elysees) finished first and second respectively in heat one over 1400 metres.
European import Ventura Storm won the Premio Jockey Club (Gr 1, 2400m) in Italy at his final start for British trainer Richard Hannon last October, and he was beaten just over a length and a half into fifth on his
debut for David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig at Flemington in May.
Lindsay Park racing manager Rayan Moore said that the co-trainers have been pleased with him since that outing and that he would commence his spring preparation in the Heatherlie Handicap (Listed, 1700m) on Saturday week.
“We were thrilled with the way he came back from that first up run in May, he has taken great strides and he will kick off in the Heatherlie Handicap next Saturday at Caulfield,” Moore said.
“His preparation will be geared around the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.”
Fellow European import Harlem picked up well in the closing stages of yesterday’s barrier trial to finish second to his stablemate, and Moore said he would also tackle the $120,000 Heatherlie Handicap first up.
“It was a wet, Soft 7 at Tatura and Harlem’s best form is on top of the ground,” Moore said.
“His best run in Australia was when he was third behind Palentino in the Blamey Stakes on top of the ground, but he acquitted himself well (yesterday).
“He will also kick off in the Heatherlie Handicap next week.”
In early betting markets for the Melbourne Cup Ventura Storm is $21 and Harlem is $41. Check out the latest Melbourne Cup betting markets.

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