Black And Bent will commence his 2011 Melbourne Cup campaign with a run in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield this Saturday September 17, 2011. The six-year-old gelding won his last race in the J.J. Houlahan Hurdle at Sandown’s Lakeside course on August 28, and has since been sent for a short freshen-up. Trainer Robert Smerdon understands that Black And Bent will not have the fitness necessary to win the 2,000 metre Naturalism Stakes, however, wants to begin to lengthen his race starts in preparation for the $6 million Melbourne Cup. “It’s not a race he could win on Saturday,” Smerdon said. “It is going to be a hot race but it keeps him ticking over towards a longer race for him next time which will be more significant for him going forward.” The trainer said that Black And Bent has done well since his last start and appears to be in good form ahead of the 2011 Naturalism Stakes. “I think he has freshened up all right but we will know more after Saturday,” Smerdon said. “We didn’t have to do much with him.” Black And Bent surged into Melbourne Cup contention after the Black Hawk gelding won the Grand National Hurdle over 3,900 metres last month. The gelding, who is also nominated for the 2011 Caulfield Cup, has proved his ability over both the jumps and the flat during his 40 start horse racing career. Would you like to make the most of the betting action at Rosehill this weekend? Then open a Luxbet account now! Luxbet always provide the best bookmaker odds on all the best races throughout Australia. So open an account today to experience the Luxbet difference for yourself! New customers who sign up today will receive a bonus bet worth up to $400 when they enter the exclusive promo code BONUSBET.
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