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Slade to power home

Things haven't been going according to plan for the Aussies during this Spring Carnival as they have waved goodbye to the Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup and in the early hours of the morning Slade Power will hopefully be crowned the best sprinter in the world after the Darley Classic.

Going to the other side of the world and taking on the Australian sprinters in their backyard is not an easy thing to do but there are a lot of positives about his chances tomorrow and if she shows up in top form, he looks a great price.

Slade Power has just been so impressive in Europe and his form there speaks for itself but his track work here in Australia has wowed anyone that has witnessed it with reports of the five-year-old doing times that would win Group Ones even though he was only doing a piece of work.

With the situation regarding his loading looking like being resolved, there is very little that can turn you off Slade Power and he will, hopefully, end the meeting with another Irish winner.

Sticking with the Flat and the November Handicap is the feature at Doncaster where Andrea Atzeni returns for the ride on Mount Logan, who is a horse that could be worth being on for one of the final big handicaps of the British flat season.

Atzeni was in Australia until Wednesday when he flew home especially for Luca Cumani's seemingly nicely handicapped three-year-old before he heads to Hong Kong for the winter months.

A couple of Grade Two races take centre stage at Navan on Sunday with Colin Bowe's Little King Robin standing out in the Lismullen Hurdle.

The mare may have only won last week and her style of racing may not be ideal for running again so quick, especially in such good company, but her toughness couldn't have been any clearer when she was winning at Down Royal and getting the allowances and her ground she could score again before enjoying a well deserved break and a possible tilt at the Grade Ones Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Only two horses have won the Fortria Chase in the last five runnings with Big Zeb winning three and Flemenstar winning the last two but it is last year's runner-up Days Hotel who may be worth siding with for the red-hot Henry de Bromhead.


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