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Lankan Rupee Ready To Sting In Newmarket
Dale Smith borrowed some immortal words from the legendary Mohammed Ali when describing Lankan Rupee's 1,000 metre workout at Caulfield yesterday morning, reports racingnetwork.com.au. Smith, who regularly rides the star sprinter in trackwork, said the 5YO gelding is thriving ahead of Saturday's Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington, where he will bid to add a sixth Gr1 victory next to his name. "Floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee. The hands can't hit what the eyes can't see," Smith said when asked how Lankan Rupee had performed. "My initial reaction is that he's taken this to another level, there's no doubt he's taken it up another notch. He's done really, really well from that run in the (Black Caviar) Lightning. It's brought him on more again." The son of Redoute's Choice was timed to run his final 800m in 47.5 seconds. "I got him out on the course proper this morning and he had a little squeal, a little muck around. But as soon as I got over his neck, he just dropped the bit and I had him on a piece of cotton basically," Smith said. "He just rolled around and when I got him working, he just clicked into gear." The Newmarket promises to provide one of the highlights of the autumn carnival with Terravista and Chautauqua, who along with Lankan Rupee comprise the three highest rated sprinters in the world, as well as emerging young star Brazen Beau set for an epic clash that will determine, temporarily at least, Australia's best sprinter.