Late Spring call for Lopov


Talented galloper Lopov has earned a shot at some late spring races after a dominant win in Saturday's Yalumba Masters Handicap at Caulfield.

The gelding, a son of Cox Plate winner Savabeel, was stepping up to 2400m and coming into the race off two luckless runs at his last two starts.

But with Glen Boss aboard from gate one he was given every chance to showcase his wares and he didn't disappoint.

Boss took up the early running then took a sit as the field sorted itself out.

He then eased into the clear around the bend and quickly swept past the leader and away, eased down late for a comfortable win.

Brungle Cry ground home to again finish runner-up and surely has a distance win in him soon, while Dell got into third at huge odds.

The favourite Snitza was alongside the winner on the turn but faded right out of it in the straight.

For Lopov's trainer Danny O'Brien it was not only a welcome return to form but an important test for longer races later in the year.

“He could have easily won three Saturday's in a row but the good thing today was he (Boss) was positive on him and he's got a good run throughout,” O'Brien said.

“He's a very tough horse. I don't think I've trained a tougher one, actually. Every time you run him he gets better from it again.

“He was solid at the 2400m so it gives us a lot of options next season.”

O'Brien said Lopov is unlikely to spell because he loved stable life but would be freshened to build up to staying races at end of the spring carnival.

“There's not much around for him now but we really wanted to see him at the mile and a half.

“He not only travelled well but sprinted hard at the end which is a good sight for horses over 2400m.

“We'll give him a freshen-up and perhaps look at the back end of the spring.

“There's a lot of staying races over the spring but they do thin out as you get to the back end of it.

“He thrives on the stable environment and thrives being in work.”

Lopov, just a $25,000 New Zealand Premier yearling, has won four of 17 races and over $100,000.

Story by Racing and Sports, to view full story click here

Photo by Slickpix, to view Slickpix website click here

No sweat for odds on Eira

No sweat for odds on Eira
[08 Jul 18] Jockey Damian Lane gave favourite backers no stress in the 1600m maiden at Pakenham on Sunday as he guided Eira to an easy victory.   more...

Filly chasing home-track hat-trick

Filly chasing home-track hat-trick
[03 Jul 18] Remember The Name looks set to tackle the boys in Saturday's $120,000 Silver Bowl Series Final (1600m) at Flemington as connections chase a third-consecutive win with the progressive filly.  more...

Tahi toughs it out at Sale

Tahi toughs it out at Sale
[01 Jul 18] Waikato Stud bred and owned Tahi showed tenacious resilience to score at Sale on Sunday after not being closer that four-wide the entire 1200m event.   more...