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    GO AWAY AGAIN

    FRESH from celebrating a “very satisfying” victory at Club Menangle during the weekend, astute horseman Rickie Alchin hopes to make at least one more... Back in search of more glory

    FRESH from celebrating a “very satisfying” victory at Club Menangle during the weekend, astute horseman Rickie Alchin hopes to make at least one more visit to the winners’ circle when he returns to the world class venue tomorrow.

    Having already trained Tough Monarch to a highly-decorated career, Alchin was thrilled when the veteran captured the trotters’ free-for-all on Saturday night.

    By leading throughout from barrier seven Tough Monarch registered his 27th win around the 1400-metre circuit to become Menangle’s most successful competitor.

    Heading into the meeting Tough Monarch shared the record for the most wins with Cash N Flow, Don Boston, Under Worked and Drop The Hammer, which was among the beaten brigade behind Tough Monarch.

    Fifth upon his Menangle debut, Tough Monarch notched his initial win at the track a week later on April 26, 2016.

    “This horse means so much to me and to have him claim a record like this is very satisfying,” Alchin said.

    “He’s done a great job throughout his career and deserves any accolades that come his way.”

    Rating 1:57.4 over 2300 metres, Tough Monarch stretched his record to 36 wins and 18 placings from 106 starts for earnings of $592,305.

    Amazingly, the 11-year-old’s four Group One wins have been at ‘away’ venues, but Alchin hopes that will change soon.

    “His days of competing at the highest level on a regular basis are behind him, but he can still mix it with them on his night,” Alchin said.

    “I’ll see how he is during the next week, but I’d like to give him another go at a Group One, which would be The Hammerhead Mile at Menangle in a couple of weeks.”

    As for his hopes of glory tomorrow, Alchin has three runners engaged at the meeting, including Go Away Again, which will compete in the Miracle Mile March 4 Pace.

    Unlike Tough Monarch which is nearing the end of his racing days, Go Away Again is at the beginning having made a triumphant debut last week.

    With Alchin in the cart, Go Away Again covered the mile in 1:54,2 to account for Sweet Agenda and All Star Magician.

    To be driven by Alchin Again, the son of Captaintreacherous has drawn to search for the lead from gate four.

    “I was pretty happy with his first run,” Alchin said. “He’s still pretty green and is learning as he goes and I expect him to improve from the run.

    “His work has lifted since last week and I expect him to go well again.”

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