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TAS Sprinter on Track for Regal Roller
Stakes-placed Tasmanian sprinter Lord Da Vinci (Lonhro-Sadlers Brigg, by Montjeu) posted an outstanding trial win at Hobart on Tuesday ahead of his anticipated return to racing in the Listed Regal Roller STakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday week, reports tasracing.com.au. Ridden by race jockey David Pires, Lord Da Vinci was untroubled winning his 800m heat by 7 lengths in a time of 47.7 seconds. His final 600m was a slick 32.79 seconds, believed to be the quickest final 600m sectional ever seen at the Hobart trials. "He was pretty impressive his last 600. He doesn't have a brilliant turn of foot, he just lengthens his stride and when we straightened up I just gave him a little squeeze and then held him together and I couldn't be more impressed with him," an excited Pires said. "I reckon he'll give them a run for their money that's for sure. I really think this has topped him off nicely and he's exactly where we want him to be at the right time so hopefully he will run a brilliant race over there." A winner of 10 of his 33 starts, Lord Da Vinci's best stakes performance to date was a close second to Hellova Street in the Listed Thomas Lyons Stakes (1400m) at Hobart in February.