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Happy Trails To Benefit From Memsie Run
Trainer Paul Beshara says he is delighted with the progress of veteran galloper Happy Trails (Good Journey-Madame Flurry, by Perugino) as he prepares to take his next step towards a Melbourne Cup start in Saturday's Gr1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield. The 8YO will be having his second run this campaign after resuming with a sixth placing in the Gr3 Spring Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville 18 days ago. "He's very well. He's done a treat. I couldn't be happier," Beshara told Melbourne's Radio Sport National yesterday. "He needed that first-up run dramatically. He had a good blow. We've had a lot of wet tracks (in Adelaide) and he just doesn't put in on wet tracks so sometimes his gallops are just a waste of time." He added: "But he's coming along nicely. He had a beautiful gallop this morning [Tuesday] so that's made him a bit fitter. He will still need the Memsie because he takes two or three runs to hit his straps plus he likes a bit of distance. But he'll be hitting the line pretty well on Saturday." Beshara confirmed that Happy Trails' primary spring target is the Melbourne Cup and said he expects the horse to relish to 3200 metre journey. "After the Memsie he will go to the Makybe Diva, the Turnbull, the Cox Plate and then the Melbourne Cup," he said. "His style of racing is he goes to sleep and then sprints home so that will suit him right down to the ground, the two miles." The Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) will be run at Flemington on Tuesday, 3 November.