SA Raider Chases Guineas Glory

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A week after beating a handy field in a Listed Race at Flemington, unbeaten South Australian three-year-old Lord Aspen is backing up in the Sandown Guineas (1600m) in the hope of grabbing some Group 2 glory to finish the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

The Mick Huxtable trained gelding has been successful at all four career starts, including the Hilton last Saturday, and is a favourite with TattsBet's Racing Tips. And Punters hope the son of Good Journey continues his run, as he's been heavily backed on each occasion.  

In June, Lord Aspen won a 2YO Maiden at Gawler by 5.7 lengths when backed in from $4.60 to $2.80. Then after a four-month spell, he scored in a 3YO BM 70 when supporters took short odds backing him from $2.30 to $1.90. In the same grade a fortnight later, he lumped 59kg and stepped up to 1400m winning by 1.8 lengths. Again fans stepped in at short odds, lapping up $1.75 before jumping at $1.50.

Last Saturday at Flemington,  the 'Lord' overcame a huge step up in grade, and even though the margin wasn't as impressive (long head), his fans cashed in again backing him from $3.70 into $3.30.

Cashed up, supporters of Lord Aspen hope he can make it five from five stepping up to the mile for the first time. Narrowly beaten by Kermadec in the Carbine Club (1600m) a fortnight ago, Darren Weir's Stratum Star is the favourite. Impressive in winning a Bendigo Maiden by 3.5 lengths,  Redkindled Power is also well-fancied . John O'Shea's talented maiden Careless is good value after a fast finishing fifth in the Carbine.

To draw the curtain on the 2014 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, there are two Group 2s, four Group 3s and three Listed Races on the nine event card at the Sandown Hillside track on Saturday.

Chris Bombolas - Tatts Senior Writer

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