Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Track, 1400m Are the Keys

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Track, 1400m Are the Keys

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MURWILLUMBAH trainer Paul Robbins believes the return to a good track and the 1400m trip are the keys to Chloride maintaining his excellent record at the Lismore races today.

Chloride lost for the first time this campaign last start when a 1.3-length third to smart Brisbane sprinter Kievann and Inverell galloper Puzzling Wonder on a soft 5 surface over 1305m at Ballina on December 7.

Already a winner of three races at Lismore, Chloride returns to the track for the Lismore Heights Sports Recreation and Community Club Christmas Cup (1400m).

He is unbeaten over the distance in two previous starts.

"The track at Ballina the other day might have been a bit shifty for him and he'll certainly be much better off back on a good track," Robbins said.

"And with the rail being out where it is on Friday, he should be very hard to beat out in front if he gets a comfortable lead."

The rail will be out 4m from the 1516m to the 700m, 1.5m from the 700m to the 350m and true for the remainder.

Chloride, a seven-year-old son of Red Element, has compiled a handy record of 11 wins and five placings from 42 starts. He has been particularly effective this year, winning five of his eight starts.

Chloride only recently joined the Robbins stable after previously being trained by Liam Munro and Paul Nipperess.

The gelding was having his first run for Nipperess when he resumed to win over 1200m in a Benchmark 58 at Grafton at good odds on October 30, then beat Kievann over 1255m in an Open Hcp at Ballina on November 26.

He had his first run under Robbins's care last time out when placed at Ballina.

"He's a nice horse to have in the stable," Robbins said.

"I'd obviously only had him a very short time before his first run for me at Ballina and he's certainly been working very well since.

"He has a very good record at Lismore and has won his only two previous starts over 1400m. …

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