Class test for Cyclone Al

Connections will know a lot more about their promising colt Cyclone Al after he takes on Saturday metropolitan class for the first time tomorrow at Flemington according to his trainer Danny O’Brien.

Cyclone Al will be looking to make it four wins on end in the three-year-old handicap over 1410m at headquarters tomorrow.

“He is a very nice horse who has kept rising to the challenge each time we have raised the bar,” O’Brien said.

“It took him seven starts to notch his first win, however he has gone from strength to strength since that first win at Ballarat.”

After winning on the provincial circuit over 1500m, O’Brien stepped Cyclone Al up to 1800m at Sandown where he won convincingly.

“We decided to give him a break after that win and he has furnished into a lovely racehorse,” O’Brien said.

The Flemington trainer stepped him out first-up at Sandown on April 21 over 1200m, which resulted in a powerful last-to-first victory.

“That win was excellent and showed what he can do as he powered to the line,” O’Brien said.

“Tomorrow’s field has some very good horses engaged so we will find out where he is at following the race.

“Horses rarely win four in a row so if he can salute again tomorrow it bodes well for his future as we believe he is going to be an even better horse when he gets out over a mile plus.”

O’Brien’s other runners tomorrow on his home track are dual Group winner Ballack resuming over 1600m where he will be taking on up-and-coming stablemate No Jurisdiction, while three-year-old Assessed comes to town after an impressive last start maiden victory at Geelong.

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