The in form stable of Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes will attempt to cash in on an early spring race that has been reprogrammed to the end of the carnival at The Valley on Saturday.
The $140,000, listed McKenzie Stakes (1200m), along with the $140,000, listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m) will feature on Saturday’s nine race program after they were rescheduled from the abandoned meeting at the track in August.
The Lindsay Park stable will run Nicolino Vito in the McKenzie Stakes with the three-year-old out to make it three wins on end on Saturday.
After two fair runs as a two-year-old, Nicolino Vito scored first-up in a 1200m maiden at Kilmore last month before rising to Benchmark 64 grade to win over 1200m at The Valley on November 13th.
Dabernig said Saturday’s race at stakes level came at an opportune time, especially as the Victorian Spring Carnival had just been completed.
“For these horses that are at the back end of it, it is perfect really,” Dabernig said.
“The owners are breeders so it would be good if we could get black type with him. He has started the prep off well with two wins and he seems to be going well.
“I am not sure how far we’ll go into the Christmas period but he is doing everything right. I thought the other day he found himself in a bit of an awkward spot but he was able to win, so we’ll give him a crack at black type.”
The Mitchell McKenzie has attracted 14 nominations while the Carlyon Stakes has 18. The track is rated a Soft 6 on Monday and the rail will be in the True position for the entire circuit. Melbourne's weather this week is for partly cloudy days with temperatures rising to 34c by Saturday.
Racing at The Valley on Saturday, picture Racing Photos