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Spectroscope ready for improvement in G3 Chatham

Mike Hedge

The former French-trained Spectroscope can seize the opportunity to recapture his best form in Saturday’s G3 Chatham Stakes at Flemington.

Spectroscope made a big impression when winning his first two starts in Australia, including one at G3 level.

While he has raced consistently since, he hasn’t won again, has drawn well in the Chatham in which he will be ridden by William Buick. 

Trainer James Cummings believes an encouraging first-up run may have set the scene for success.

“He ran on strongly first-up to just go down,” Cummings said.

“He’s steadily gaining fitness and he should be capable of another nice effort here.”

Cummings has also entered another European expatriate, Interlocuter, who is also a candidate for a similar race at Hawkesbury, NSW, on Thursday.

Interlocuter (Glyn Schofield) wasn't up to the hot pace behind Furrion and the subsequent G1 winner Best Of Days in a high-quality handicap at Caulfield second-up after an encouraging fourth at Flemington.

Cummings also has high hopes for Wagner (Craig Williams) in the Listed Springtime Stakes at Flemington.

The colt’s two runs in Melbourne have been moderate but Cummings is anticipating the move up to 1400m will help Wagner return to the form that won him two one end in Sydney.

“After battling away over 1200m last time he should be well-suited by the 1400m here,” Cummings said.

“He has the potential and I’d like to see him running on strongly.”