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Trekking heads prospects in Listed Flemington races

Mike Hedge

A preparation that is virtually free of blemishes is expected to result in another strong performance from Trekking in Tuesday’s MSS Security Sprint at Flemington.

Trekking (Kerrin McEvoy), who is joined in the race by visiting Godolphin runner Comicasinfo-icon (William Buick), is in career-best form having won two of his three starts.

“Trekking has been faultless this campaign and hasn’t even looked like running a bad race,” said his trainer James Cummings.

Even his latest outing, when ninth in similar company at Caulfield, did nothing to dim Cumming’s view of the horse.

“Last start has to be put into the forgive file. He settled into a nice rhythm and was never able to get out of it.

“He’s still bright and ready to put in another bold performance.”

Comicas has raced only once in Australia, showing good pace before dropping out over 1400m at Caulfield.

Trainer Charlie Appleby said the horse had come through the race in good shape and he is hoping for a stronger showing at Flemington.

In other races on the Melbourne Cup card, the three-year-old filly Pohutukawa (William Buick) is looking to continue her winning form in the Listed Jim Beam Black Stakes.

“She was a barnstorming winner against older mares last start at Warwick Farm and she’s coped nicely with it,” Cummings said.

“Bringing that form against the older horses back here against three-year-old fillies is encouraging.”

Duca Valentinois (Glyn Schofield) is edging toward veteran status, but showed he would be a chance in the Listed Furphy Plate when third in G3 class at Moonee Valley last start.

“He was a strong performer at WFA last time and despite his rider dropping his whip half a furlong out, he still hit the line strongly and was one of the better runs in the race,” Cummings said.