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Levin Classic Tips and Preview Age of Fire to take out Trentham Group 1

Gary Emmerson in Latest News 12 Jan 2018
Age of Fire

Age of Fire is the one to beat in the Group 1 Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham and can gain compensation for his runner-up effort in the New Zealand 2000 Guineas.

The Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards-trained son of Fastnet Colt was beaten by 1.3 lengths in the NZ 2000 Guineas by stablemate Embellish two starts ago as he was unable to overcome a wide barrier draw.

Opie Bosson, who rode Embellish that day, will be back on board Age of Fire, a subsequent winner on Boxing Day, and a first Group 1 success for the colt looks on the cards from an ideal draw in barrier two this time.

Age of Fire is a consistent sort, winning twice and being placed in the other three of his five career starts and his rivals will have to step up a level to threaten him at Trentham.

Spring Heat and Savvy Coup are the obvious dangers having both won at Group 3 level. Spring Heat, trained by Lance O'Sullivan & Andrew Scott, won the Group 3 Bonecrusher Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie two starts back, while Michael & Matthew Pitman's Savvy Coup won the Group 3 Eulogy Stakes (1550m) at Awapuni last start for a third career success.

On the evidence of that win, Savvy Coup will be charging on late at Trentham and could be the one for the exacta.

Sensei, also trained by the Pitmans, was fifth in the NZ 2000 Guineas behind Age of Fire and has since returned to winning ways with a fourth career success from 11 starts. Don't discount him running a big race either. 

At bigger odds, consider the Group 2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) winner Hard Mechandize as an each-way option for trainer Gary Vile if some rain arrives, while Belle Du Nord is interesting returning to Trentham where she won impressively on her only visit. 

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Levin Classic Tips and Preview Age of Fire to take out Trentham Group 1

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