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Drier Sydney weather forecast to suit flying grey Zaratone at Canterbury

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Burbero strutting her stuff.

Burbero strutting her stuff. Source: News Corp Australia

FLYING grey Zaratone and Group 2 winner Burbero will give trainer Bjorn Baker two top chances in Saturday’s July Sprint at Canterbury.

Zaratone hasn’t been far off in all four runs this time and last start only Shiraz managed to get past him over the 1100m at Rosehill.

“That form has held up well with Shiraz winning dominantly on the weekend,” Baker said.

“The furthest he’s been beaten this time in is three lengths and he’s been taking on the best sprinters around at this time of year.”

The son of Zariz “handles the wet” but his trainer has little doubt the gelding is better placed on a drier track.

“That’s half the reason we’ve set him for this,” Baker added.

Burbero with Brodie Loy in the saddle.

Burbero with Brodie Loy in the saddle. Source: News Corp Australia

“I’ve given up on Sydney’s weather but at least we’re running on a track that drains well. We’re hoping that means it’ll be drier than what he’s run on at his past couple of starts.

“I mean, he handles the wet but what he loves doing is dragging them outside their comfort zone and he’s just got to work that little bit harder to do that when the track is heavy.

“He goes well at Canterbury. He’s only won one race there but he handles the course well as a lot of frontrunning types do.”

Baker says 1100m is definitely Zaratone’s “pet distance” and attributed his longevity to two key aspects.

“He’s got the speed of a genuine 1000m horse but unlike most of those types he’s can stick it out at the business end,” he said.

“When he steps up to 1100m none of them can go with him and he doesn’t start coming back to them until quite late in the piece.”

Burbero is coming off a marathon 12-start campaign that saw him win a benchmark 90 event last December before bagging the Group 2 Ajax Stakes during the autumn carnival.

He had a quiet trial down at Kembla ahead of his return, where Baker says Burbero fans should tread cautiously.

“There’s a bit of improvement in him but they’ve got to start somewhere,” he said.

“While he acquitted himself very well at Group 1 level in the George Ryder Stakes, I think we’re best off getting him nice and fit for those early Group races in the spring.

“He’s come back well given the big prep he had last time and if he keeps stepping up maybe we could look at a race like the Epsom Handicap.”

During the week the ATC announced a host of prizemoney increases for the spring carnival. The Epsom Handicap received the biggest boost of $500,000 taking the Randwick mile feature to $1 million.

“Just in time for Burbero. I like it,” Baker said.

Originally published as Better weather to suit flying grey Zaratone

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Posted July 20, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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