BEN Melham predicted Lonhspresso would graduate to Stakes class following her effortless win today in the Land Engineering Handicap at Sportingbet Park.
Melham said this daughter of Lonhro had all the attributes of a filly who would quickly advance to black type status.
He said that trainer Darren Weir, in Tasmania for today’s Launceston Cup, is considering taking the filly to the Sydney carnival.
“She’s an ‘A’ grader, I’d be shocked if she didn’t win a good race,” forecast Melham.
“She gave me a good feel when she won at Ballarat and I don’t really think she handled the heavy ground today.
“Just her class got her through it. She is pretty excitinh”
Melham said Lonhspresso possessed a “pretty lethal turn of foot” as she was able to pick up and dispose of her rivals quickly.
He said the filly would stretch out in time to 1400 to 1600 metres.
“She relaxes well and she goes through her gears so effortlessly.”
Lonhspresso, the $1.75, was eased down by Melham to win by one and three-quarter lengths from We Own An Angel, $9.50, with half a length to Sari, $5, third.