Majestic Reign goes for fourth straight

27 December 2012 07:38:40 EST

Highly-rated Majestic Reign has drawn gate one in Friday night's Easifeed Pace Final (2240m) at Melbourne's Melton Park and she looks poised to score a fourth consecutive win.

The four-year-old mare, trained by Ross Sugars, set the pace in recording a 5.4-metre win over 2080 metres at Cranbourne last Thursday.

She was also a Cranbourne 2080-metre winner three weeks ago, following on from a front-running victory over 2100 metres at Geelong late last month.

Russley Rascal and Can Return Fire are doing well in training.

Greg Bond

Extremely Good, shaping as Majestic Reign's main rival in Friday night's mobile start event, drew gate six.

Three-year-old Extremely Good has also won his last three races. The gelding, trained and driven by Chris Butt, was twice a front running winner in Sydney last month.

He won over 2125 metres at Penrith and 1609 metres at Menangle.

Extremely Good then went to Melbourne and overcame a hard run in his Melton 2240-metre win last Friday.

Meantime, West Australian co-trainers Greg and Skye Bond appear set to hold a winning edge with Can Return Fire when they launch a two-pronged attack on Friday night's $60,000 The West Australian Village Kid Sprint (1700m) at Gloucester Park.

But the Bonds are considering a tactics change on their second-string sprint runner Russley Rascal and he could be a marked improver in the prestige race which features nine starters across the front.

The $593,000 stake-earner Russley Rascal was driven back in the field when unplaced in last Friday's Electrolux Pace (1700m) won by Sneakyn Down Under.

"There's a strong chance we'll notify stewards of a tactics change on Russley Rascal in the Village Kid Sprint," Greg Bond said. "It would be good to have an option of going forward from gate eight in the single line start.

"Russley Rascal and Can Return Fire are doing well in training."

Can Return Fire, who ran second in the Electrox Pace, has drawn the pole on Friday night and will almost certainly lead.

"He went into last Friday's event without having started for 12 weeks and should have benefited from the race," Bond said.

"We aim to take Can Return Fire and good mare Kamwood Laughter to Sydney. Am Opulent, our Oaks filly, could also make the trip.

"Can Return Fire will target the Inter Dominion Championship and Kamwood Laughter's mission is the Ladyship Mile. Both races will be at Menangle on March 3.

"The horses will be stabled at John McCarthy's property. Skye and I plan to be in Sydney for some weeks."

Class was shown by Can Return Fire when he was a heat placegetter twice and finished fifth in the final at Perth's Inters series early this year.

He then went to Sydney and ran third in the Golden Mile (1609m) at his Menangle debut.

The Bonds are optimistic they can cause an upset when starting Midnight Dylan, Empire Flame and Vital Equalizer in Friday night's The Form Final (2100m).

"Main fancies Some Kinda Tactics and Tuxedo Tour look set to stage a two-horse war in front from gates one and two," Greg Bond said.

"Our trio could finish strongly, with victory going to the horse who has most luck in running."

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