Day At The Track

More trips on the cards for Palmer

12:12 PM 08 Mar 2015 NZDT
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Chilli Palmer

Following his success hit-and-run mission to South Australia last night, handy harness racing performer Chilli Palmer is likely to find himself interstate again soon.

The Victorian was sent across the border for the Gawler Cup, which he captured in style at Globe Derby.

Pleased with the pacer’s performance, trainer Amanda Grieve has earmarked next month’s Len Smith Mile as a likely target.

The Group One is scheduled to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on April 26.

No stranger to top shelf success, Chilli Palmer will only head north of the Murray River if his form warrants the trip.

“If he is racing at his best we will look at tackling the Len Smith Mile with him,” Grieve said. “It will all come down to how well he is racing at the time.

“He was a solid third in the Geelong Cup last week and has improved again to win the Gawler Cup.

“He’s getting back to his best, which he will need to be if we take him to Sydney.”

Driven by Alex Ashwood during his latest triumph, Chilli Palmer was forced to cover more ground than early settlers when racing three-wide for the majority of the feature.

Despite the extra workload, the son of Elsu completed a metre-and-a-half win from The Smiler, with Glenferrie Rustler two-and-a-half metres away third.

“That was a pretty nice run,” Grieve said. “He’s had to plenty of work in the run, but still proved too strong for them.”

Covering the last half in 59.2 seconds, the five-year-old rated 1:58.5 for the 2645-metre journey, taking his record to 13 wins and eight placings from 29 starts.


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