A conservative approach to his program is set to keep Long Arm unbeaten in Australia at Saturday’s Flemington meeting.
Long Arm finished powerfully to score at Benchmark 84 level at his local debut last month but will compete at Benchmark 78 grade in the Seppelt Drumborg Trophy (2000m).
The Peter Gelagotis stable considered running Long Arm in an Open Handicap at Flemington last Saturday but decided to wait a week for the softer option.
“We thought about running him in an open handicap but the Benchmark 78 race looks perfect for him at this stage,” racing manager Long Arm’s part-owner Manny Gelagotis said.
While Long Arm drops in class for his second-up run, Gelagotis said the son of Rock Of Gibraltar would relish the step up in trip to 2000m.
He added the extra race experience would also stand the lightly-race five-year-old in good stead.
“For a horse that is not a miler, his first-up win was terrific,” Gelagotis said.
Peter Gelagotis trains the promising import Long Arm, who is part-owned by his racing manager, his brother Manny Gelagotis. Photo: Reg Ryan/Racing Photos via Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
“He’s going to love the 2000m and he’s just going to get better because he’s only had four starts.
“He’s come a fair bit from his Flemington run and getting over more ground will only help him.”
Gelagotis bought Long Arm from clients of former trainer Ger Lyons after a close fourth at Limerick in June last year.
Long Arm finished on the heels of the smart stayer Pondus in last race. Pondus acquitted himself well in his two second placings at Group 3 level during the Melbourne spring carnival.
“He should have won his last race in Ireland. He could be unbeaten because he was held up a few times at the top of the straight but he flew home,” Gelagotis said.
“Our guy over there said he’s got so much scope for improvement, and he’s right.”
TAB has Long Arm as a $3.70 favourite to notch another win with jockey Jordan Childs in the saddle.
Originally published asImport to chance his Arm again at Flemington
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