Straight track lover Perturbo heads an outstanding field for The Straight Six

May 17, 2012

Straight track lover Perturbo heads an outstanding field for The Straight Six
Cindy Alderson is thrilled with Perturbo's condition ahead of his return to racing in Saturday's $100,000 The Straight Six at Flemington, but a couple of factors have the co-trainer cautious about his chances of adding to his fine first-up record.

One is the 60kg top weight he shares with Wangoom Handicap winner Second Effort with the other being the quality of rivals he will meet in the 1200-metre event.

Last week's brilliant Caulfield winner Stratcombe (58.5kg), straight track specialist Liveandletdie (57.5kg) and classy females Shopaholic (54.5kg) and Curtana (57.5kg) are just some of the others engaged in what is one of three Listed events on a cracking card.

“He's very proficient down the straight, but he's got a bit more weight this time around and it is a very strong field this year,” Alderson said of the two-time first up winner.

“Hopefully he can acquit himself well. He's always been a laconic trackworker, so it's hard to get a good line on him, but he's giving us all the same old signs that he's come back well.”

Perturbo last year carried 53kg when a narrow second to classy sprinting mare Dubleanny in The Straight Six.

The son of Jugah went on to claim the All Victorian Sprint Final (1200m) up the straight course two starts later before finishing fourth as favourite in the Group 3 Aurie's Star Handicap.

Perturbo, who will be ridden by Ben Melham from barrier 15, is a $13 chance in a TAB Sportsbet market that has Stratcombe ($3.20) and Shopaholic ($4.20) fighting out favouritism. Curtana ($7.50) and Liveandletdie ($8) are the only others at a shorter quote than Perturbo.

The other runner Alderson, who trains in partnership with her father Colin, will take to Flemington is also a $13 chance, with Chosen To Fly to contest the second heat of the TROA/Luxbet Winter Championship.

The Choisir four-year-old resumed with an impressive fourth in the Wangoom Handicap and Alderson expects the gelding to appreciate the return to Flemington for the 1400m event, in which he will start from barrier 10 with Dwayne Dunn in the saddle.

“He's come through that quite well and he's another horse I think enjoys the flat, open spaces of Flemington,” Alderson said. “He's won and run second and run quite well in a stakes race there before.

“He's drawn a little awkwardly, but he's a big, get-out-and-roll-along horse, so I think that shouldn't be too much of a problem for him.”

The Danny O'Brien-trained Adamantium heads betting for the Winter Championship heat at $5 with Utah Saints ($6) and $6.50 chances Bereft and Freereturn the others high up in betting.

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