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Can the Momemtum continue
Momentum can take another step towards winning this year’s “Triple Crown” and follow in the footsteps of California Chrome which has already won two legs of the American Triple Crown.
From the look of it, Momentum has an easier task than California Chrome if form is important. The John O’Brien trained colt Momentum won the the first Classic of the local racing Triple Crown – the NLCB Easter Guineas - over 1,800 metres on the main track from Spitfire which is not in the event.
Champion trainer O’Brien has won this race on six occasions in the past 16 years and it will take a very good performance by one of his rivals to keep the unbeaten Momemtum from winning.
Earlier this year, Momentum beat older horses and then won the Flamingo Stakes, impressively by 7 1/2 lengths from stablemate High Octane and Justcalmebas en-route to winning the Guineas.
The only question mark that racing pundits are asking is if he will stay the extra distance stoutly. Be that as it may, the favourite Momemtum is better than his rivals and his undoubted class will suffice.
O’Brien is a very shrewd trainer and is certain that his ability will see him past the line first. In my opinion a cut above our local three-year-olds and it is only the improving Cramer’s Rule which may offer the sternest opposition.
The million bonus on offer will only see Momentum tested on Champion Day.