HEADLINING Shane and Lauren Tritton’s three-pronged attack in tonight’s Group Three Brian Hancock Cup at Menangle is Miracle Mile contestant Salty Robyn.
The gelding has not been sighted in race conditions since July last year, however, connections are confident the multiple Group winner has bounced back following an operation.
“He’s been off the scene for so long because he had a very rare colic surgery,” Shane revealed. “It was pretty severe and he had to have a lot of time off and a lot of rehab.
“It’s been a long path but we’re really happy with him.
“We expect him to go well . . . he is a good horse even though his form doesn’t read that at moment.
“He did win 10 straight at Menangle at one point, that’s how he made it into a Miracle Mile.”
Despite having not raced in nine months, Salty Robyn has been showcasing his ability at the trials.
The son of Art Official has won all three trials at Menangle this preparation, including his last official hit-out where he covered the mile in 1:50.9.
Subsequently, Salty Robyn has firmed from $4.60 to $3.60 as the second favourite for tonight’s feature with TAB Fixed Odds.
The $2 favourite is recent Miracle Mile winner My Field Marshal who has not raced since winning the Grand Circuit event.
That was back on February 24 where My Field Marshal wrote his name amongst the fastest pacers in the world rating the scintillating sprint in 1:46.9 – the quickest time run by a pacer outside of North America.
“I watch My Field Marshal work and Tim (Butt, trainer) has him pretty forward,” Shane said.
“It will be hard for him and my bloke because we’ve drawn wide and My Field Marshal is a noted sit-sprinter but full respect to the horse, he went 1:46 his last start!”
Team Tritton’s other two chances rest with Lombo Kotakinabalu and Miss Riviera Belle, which are at $8 and $12.
“Kota can’t be working any better than what he is at the moment,” Shane stated. “I expect him to be competitive, he is feeling on top of his game.
“If he gets into a good spot and the other two (Salty Robyn/My Field Marshal) have to do too much work, he could producing a big showing.
“Miss Riviera Belle is up against the boys and will be better suited racing the mares next week but she too is feeling well within herself.”
In other news from the Tritton stable, Group One winner My Sweetchilliphilly was relocated to Victoria during the week to be trained by Andy Gath.