Horse Racing

Perth trip on card for Streets Of Avalon


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A soundtrack is sure to be made to order for Streets Of Avalon at Caulfield

Streets Of Avalon will race for a trip to Perth as he takes part in a bet race at Caulfield.

The galloper coached by Shane Nichols entered the competition Find gold (1400m) in Ascot on December 10th, but first he needs to pass Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1400m) on Saturday.

“He has to run well first, that’s the criterion, but I’ve talked to the Perth team and they’d love to get him there, and if there’s a plane, we’ll go there,” Nichols said.

The conditions must be right for Streets Of Avalon to give its all on Saturday after gelding fell through to ninth in the rankings. Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on October 22.

That performance follows below par performance in Group 2 Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield in August.

“We’ve been plagued by wet races and we’ll eventually get a solid hand, a good draw and these types of races are befitting of a horse like him,” Nichols said. Nichols said.

“It’s weight for age, the person closest to him in the rating is six points, but they’re equal weight.

“The only thing is, his form is just moderate, but the way he worked on the Mornington pitch last Thursday, he’s probably been doing that well for a long time.”

Nichols said ahead of the upcoming rain ahead of Manikato Stakes, he was expecting Streets Of Avalon to do well.

But the race was moved from Friday night to be held as the 11th race on sheet cox a day after lightning halted Friday night’s meeting.

Nichols said in hindsight that he probably shouldn’t have started the gelation process.

“If we ran on Friday night, I would expect him to run really well, but since we ran on a wet Saturday it was a complete waste of time,” Nichols said.

“I had to get him running for the Linlithgow Stakes in Flemington.

“He needed to run earlier, but we ended up scratching there because the track was wet so Manikato was a wasted run.

“But with the way he is going, I’m pretty excited about him going into this race on Saturday.”

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