Dan Morton’s stable is loaded with gun three-year-olds bound for the Ascot carnival and one of them will make an early return at Belmont Park on Saturday.
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Quality filly Tiffany Street resumes in the Tony Marraffa Plate (1000m) after impressively winning her only two starts at Ascot earlier this year.
The daughter of Street Boss showed potential when bolting in by two lengths on debut in April before winning a Saturday two-year-old race in May.
Despite resuming without a trial, Tiffany Street is fit enough to make her presence felt first-up according to Morton.
“It looks a nice event for her,” Morton said.
“She’s drawn a good gate and she’s forward enough.
“She couldn’t have been any more impressive in her two wins and she certainly hasn’t gone backwards since.”
Chris Parnham will ride Tiffany Street, who jumps from barrier one and is the $2.50 favourite with Ladbrokes.
In one of the highlight races on a low-key card, WA Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) and Perth Stakes (1100m) placegetter Kosta’s Crown is the $2.90 second favourite and Crystal Slipper Stakes (1100m) winner Man Crush is a $6 chance.
Morton will keep Tiffany Street to sprint distances but is hesitant to label her a prospect for the $500,000 Placid Ark Stakes (1200m) on November 12.
“She’s up fairly early for a carnival horse, but we did that on purpose to try and strike now while there are good opportunities for her,” Morton said.
“She’s a real nugget and she’s quite quick, so I don’t see any point stretching her out.
“She’s still got to come back and come on like the others do.”
Morton has unbeaten duo Top Of The Pops and Paddy’s Lad and the in-form Rejuva King bound for the WA Guineas (1600m) in November.
Meanwhile, co-trainer Mick Price expects jockey Mark Zahra to take advantage of barrier one and settle I’m Thunderstruck much closer to the speed in Saturday’s Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington.
The Memsie Stakes runner-up last start is the $2.35 favourite with Ladbrokes.
“I think from barrier one we need to make a bit of use of I’m Thunderstruck and tag up a bit,” Price told RSN.
“I don’t want to be back on the fence in between horses where you can’t get a run.
“We need a free-flowing run. In the Memsie, even Mark would say he was too far back on him and Snapdancer was having a party up front, so we need to be a little bit proactive, get him out of the gates and put him thereabouts and have every chance.”
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Belmont: Protege (R3, No.8)
Flemington: I’m Thunderstruck (R5, No.1)
Rosehill: Hameron (R4, No.5)
Doomben: Puntura (R6, No.3)
Morphettville: Lafargue (R6, No.2)
Protege (R3, No.8) could be a star of the future judging by his huge debut win.
Benji’s (R5, No.1) is flying with two straight wins and gets a gun run from barrier two.
Go Forward (R7, No.7) was a big run last start and will thrive on drying ground.
All In Red (R9, No.10) was competitive in town last campaign and can run a race fresh.
Race 6: 3, 5, 6
Race 7: 5, 7
Race 8: 2, 4, 7, 8
Race 9: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10
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