Debut winner Paret will be searching for win number TWO when stepping out in a benchmark 64 in the last at Caulfield tomorrow. The 3-year-old by Harbour Watch immediately attracted attention with consistent big runs from the back of the field early on in his career, with the 1440m trip tomorrow looking to play into the hands of Waller’s runner.
Paret came from last at the 400 to win by almost 1L in his maiden at Canterbury over 1250m, before putting in a similar effort to finish just 0.4 lengths off Beau Geste at Rosehill in his next run. Running a slightly better final 600 in the latter over 1300m, the 3-year-old was perhaps searching for an extra trip, which he will find tomorrow in his first go over 1300m.
Forgetting his most recent start, Paret was also impressive when dropping back to 1000m at Flemington in November last year, again coming from last in a field of 11 to beat 6 runners home. Displaying plenty of positives to take out of the run, it was here he recorded his best final 600 of 33.25, recording consective splits better then 11 seconds in the process.
Dropping back in class, the current $5.00 shot looks likely of finishing in the money providing he is somewhere near his best. Consistent late splits and rise in distance point to positive signs for the galloper, being close to the best in the field in terms of times over the final 600m in all runs.
Damien Oliver will ride for Chris Waller tomorrow where Paret will get the gun sit from barrier 1. Oliver has ridden already 6 winners for Chris Waller this season, culminating with another 8 minor places to be in the money 42% of the time.
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