Confrere ready to strike again
Veteran campaigner CONFRERE wound up preparations for a comeback win when he tackles the Class 5 event over 1,100m in Race 2 today, with a one-round workout at Sungei Besi yesterday.
Taken out by a track rider, the eight-year-old Australian-bred gelding by Bianconi cantered one lap on the sand track and pulled up in fine shape.
The going was yielding.
Confrere, who arrived unraced in January 2009, has seven wins, two seconds and three thirds in 60 outings.
He last won in June last year, beating Landing North in a Class 5 event over 1,200m in good going in 1min 10.5sec.
Last time out, he ran on strongly to finish seventh to Brunei Tale in a Class 5 event over 1,050m in yielding going and was four and three-quarter lengths behind the winner.
Prepared by champion trainer Richard Lines for Confidence Stable, Confrere cannot be taken lightly with only 51.5kg on his back today.
Fast work and slow work were done on the sand track. The No. 2 grass track was closed.
WORKOUTS BY TODAY'S KL RUNNERS
Race 1: Slow work: Buzz Man (Lopes), Black Coffee, Paddy's Park, looking well, and Billy Boy.
Race 2: Slow work: West Two, looking well, Oasis Charm and Confrere, looking fit.
Race 3: Dark Express pace work.
Slow work: Prince Nano, looking well, Speed Power, keeping form, and Metallica.
Race 4: Slow work: Mission (O'Neill), looking well, Fledgeling and Gold Card.
Race 5: Slow work: Landing North, Snow Mountain, Martel, keeping form, and Sea World.
Race 6: Slow work: Happy Amigo, looking well, Fox Ovation, in fine trim, Military Tactic, in good shape, and Marcusino.
Race 7: Slow work: Booky Boy, Real Mean, in fine trim, and Luwak Coffee, looking ready.
Race 8: Slow work: Let It Rock (O'Neill), Jalan King, looking well, and Wenona's Legacy, keeping form.
WORKOUTS BY TOMORROW'S IPOH RUNNERS
Race 1: Past Imperfect, More Than Words, Pot Black and Big Bit Coin pace work. Bit Bit Coin looked well.
Slow work: Horizon Lad, looking fit, and Legal Lord.
Race 2: Onwats App pace work.
Slow work: Dawn Prospect, Beyond Wealth, Blue Hills and Truth Prevails.
Race 3: Admiral Delight 43.8.
Slow work: Feared (Wan), Scott Free (Shankar), Moving Forward, keeping form, and Forbes Candidate.
Race 4: Classic Arrow 43.8. Nonemoredeserving 43.3.
El Comandante, Star Quality and Rocket Express pace work.
Slow work: Fire General, No Money No Talk, Astronaut Man and No Time To Wait.
Race 5: Contented, Magical Ten and Audacious pace work.
Slow work: Glory Age.
Race 6: Brave Malala pace work.
Slow work: Pisces Star (Wepner), looking well, Luxurious Choice and Nature Is Nature (Wan).
Race 7: Slow work: Uncle Bully, Leap Of Faith, Luck Alot (Yan) and Barker Road Kid. - NST.