Franfield to win Legal Light fight
WOUND UP by Richard Azan with three runs under his girth, top handicapper FRANFIELD has a score to settle with BIGDADDYKOOL in Saturday's Legal Light Trophy at 1820 metres.
Though they last faced each other in December's Diamond Mile when BIGDADDYKOOL placed second behind SEEKING MY DREAM, FRANFIELD finishing down the track in sixth position can't be the race to run a line through for Saturday's rematch.
The event to draw on must be November's 10-furlong Superstakes, that terrific race which resulted in FRANFIELD's disqualification for drifting BIGDADDYKOOL inside the final half-furlong after getting rid of SEEKING MY DREAM.
Taking nothing away from BIGDADDYKOOL in his first grade one appearance, FRANFIELD ran the tougher race in the Superstakes, literally making all the running with 57.0 kilos and having to fight off Wayne DaCosta's tag team of PERFECT NEIGHBOUR and SEEKING MY DREAM for more than a mile.
Had enough fight
The Superstakes all but fell into BIGDADDYKOOL's lap, closing for the kill in the stretch run, seven pounds lighter than FRANFIELD, who still had enough fight in him to take the race to the wire.
Saturday's event comes down to a match race between the country's top two stayers. Though unraced since landing 12-furlong Harry Jackson marathon on New Year's Eve, BIGDADDYKOOL has trained well for the Legal Light, putting down fast exercise times at five, six and seven furlongs this month.
While BIGDADDYKOOL was cooling out in his stall earlier this season, FRANFIELD was out and about, placing third behind CAMPESINO at 1300 metres and finishing second to SEEKING MY DREAM in the 1500-metre Chairman's Trophy.
Brought to the boil by Azan, he stubbornly made all the running to beat United States-bred BLUE DIXIE by a short head in last month's 1820-metre Bonnie Blue Flag Trophy.
FRANFIELD being more pacey makes him the controlling speed in the event against BIGDADDYKOOL in his first in four months and sitting only three pounds off Azan's classy runner - too tall a hurdle in a match race.