3rd September 2020 Feehan tempo to suit Avalon
Mornington trainer Shane Nichols believes his Group 1 winner Streets Of Avalon (Magnus) can bounce back to winning form in the Feehan Stakes which he says appears to be devoid of early tempo. The six-year-old has had three runs back from a spell, finishing runner-up in the Bletchingly Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) before two unplaced performances in the P B Lawrence Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) and Memsie Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) respectively. "It just seemed a race of no pace and it just looked like a race where he'd be able to lead and control the tempo," Nichols told Racing.com. "He's well suited also off the backup. We've been destroyed by a wet track in the Lawrence and then we had the outside (barrier 15) in the Memsie where there were a few go forward horses. We are probably not going to get that sort of speed here. It reads on paper that we lead and maybe Sircconi sits on us and whatever they do behind us is what they do. Ben (Melham) actually said to me that he travels better in the run now so he's a better chance to get the trip now.”
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