TRAINER Tarry confirmed earlier this week that Legal Eagle (photo) had enjoyed an uninterrupted build-up to Saturday’s defence of his Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate title. He’s won the last two renewals.

“Everything has gone smoothly,” Tarry said. “He has had a perfect prep and you don’t have to debate about the draw or the jockey. I can give you the thumbs up!”

That sportsmanlike Justin Snaith had to declare four runners to make this a proper race for the sponsors – and the scratching of Edict Of Nantes – points to the fact that there are simply no milers good enough to take on Tarry’s Horse Of The Year, and he should win this race in his customary commanding fashion.

Snaith’s Winter Series winner African Night Sky has been backed this week and apparently this is because word has got out that he is well fancied. Snaith said: “The guys have seen how well he has been doing and he has become a talking horse on his trackwork. He may be better over the Met trip.”

He said about the stablemates, Copper Force, Fifty Cents and It Is Written – “Theoretically they have no chance. They need to raise their game but this is racing and you never know.”

Trainer Brett Crawford reported about his pair: “Captain America’s prep has gone well and he is now doing exceptionally. “His coat has improved together with his whole physical appearance. Sail South is better now than in the Green Point. He is well within himself and in good form, so I’m expecting another honest effort.”

Candice Bass-Robinson said about Marinaresco: “Obviously the Met is his main race as he is better suited to the trip and the Queen’s Plate is a tough ask for him. A mile is tough for him but I have deliberately kept him fresh for this race. He is doing well and he put up a nice gallop on the course just over a fortnight ago.”

Glen Kotzen said earlier this week that his ace runner Gold Standard is spot-on, while visiting trainer Mike Azzie is confident that his imported Hat Puntano has a money chance.  – Extracts from TAB News, Gold Circle and Turf Talk Newsletter.

Photo by Liesl King.

 

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