Longeron Primed for 2015 Kilmore Cup

November 20th, 2015

Longeron has reportedly come on very well since a first-up run for sixth on Stakes Day, and co-trainer Wayne Hawkes is confident the talented gelding is primed for a return to winning form in Sunday’s 2015 Kilmore Cup (1600m).

Longeron is primed for a big run in Sunday's 2015 Kilmore Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Longeron is primed for a big run in Sunday’s 2015 Kilmore Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Longeron jumped from the somewhat wide barrier 7 in the Emirates Airline Plate (1400m) first-up; unlucky to be shuffled back in transit but producing a steady turn of foot in the final straight to run on for a credible sixth.

Hawkes has been thrilled with the form and class displayed by the classy son of Lonhro through recent weeks and is confident the conditions of the 2015 Kilmore Cup will suit his runner to the ground on Sunday.

“It’s a good race for him,” Hawkes told Racing Ahead.

“His run at Flemington the other day was actually ridiculously good.

“He had nothing go right for him – he was always wide then the horse in front of him nearly fell coming around the corner when they all went to the outside fence.

“He’s probably also nearly in career-best form and he hasn’t won in a while, so he’s going well.”

Longeron has been a strong and consistent performer for Team Hawkes since first appearing on course competitively in 2012; posting six wins and a further nine minors through a total of 28 competitive starts.

Returning to racing this year for second behind The Bowler in the #Hashtag BM90 (1400m) on March 21st, Longeron was unable to figure in the dying stages of his next start but responded well when second in the Peter Armytage Handicap (1700m) and Momentum Energy Trophy (1800m) and triumphant in the KA Morrison BM90 (1700m).

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