Flemington run for Prince Romany

21 April 2021 01:37:44 GMTPlus10

Prince Romany will contest one of Melbourne's oldest races, the Listed VRC St Leger over 2800 metres at Flemington this Sunday after returning to form over 2200 metres at Bendigo last week.

The three-year-old has won three of his eight career starts and trainer Matt Cumani is confident he'll be ready for the weekend, despite the sharp turnaround.

"He goes into the St Leger a little bit closer than I would have liked, but he's fit and he's well and he's come though his last run well," Cumani said. "We don't have to do a lot with him now and I'd like to think he'll get the distance no problem."

A first-up winner at Pakenham in February, Cumani said Prince Romany may have been out of his depth when last behind Grandslam in the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley before finishing tenth in the Bendigo St Leger Trial ahead of his recent victory.

Disappointed with the performance at Moonee Valley, Cumani admits the gelding did not get the ride he hoped for, while in the Bendigo St Leger Trial he got stuck behind a wall of horses.

"I'm frustrated the St Leger Trial did not work out better because I could have planned his route a little differently. So, we needed to see him back on track, and we saw that at Bendigo," said Cumani.

"He's a big loping style of horse that settles and interestingly he has a bit of speed.

"When Damian (Lane) asked him, he really accelerated and I'm really hoping he's got that perfect balance of stamina and speed."

Meanwhile, back at Flemington in November, Tiger Moth is 17.00 to win the Melbourne Cup, with Tarnawa 17.00 and Prince Of Arran 21.00.

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