Tasmanian sprinter Hellova Street is tuned up for a bold first up performance in the Listed $150,000 Seppelt Wines Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday.
Hellova Street is a first up winner on four occasions from seven attempts and Seven Mile Beach trainer Scott Brunton has prepared the seven year old for his return to the race track with two recent barrier trial wins at Hobart.
“He’s had a couple of trials into him now and they’ve both been right up there with as good as he goes,” Brunton’s father David told racing.com.
“He’s a good first-up horse he’s done plenty of work with him and he’s trials have been good.
“He handles everything, touchwood he’s never really come across anything that’s been too tough for him and he does like Flemington.”
Hellova Street has two wins at Flemington over 1400m on his record but is yet to be tried down the testing straight 1200m course but the onpace runner will have the steady hands of Damien Oliver to guide him.
“I’d imagine with Damien Oliver on he would coast him along the first two or three,” Brunton said.
“That’s how he races he’s a competitor he likes being in the first two or three and he likes to fight that’s how he goes about things.
“He’s the sort of horse that you think he’s run out of ammo and he’ll dig, horses will come at him and he digs and he fights.
“He’s won a couple of races back home first-up and he’s had massive weights on his back and you just think he can’t win this and he does.”
Hellova Street has been allocated the top weight of 60kg for the Victorian Sprint Series Final after performing well over the 2018 Melbourne Autumn Carnival for a last start third behind Humidor and Cool Chap in the Group 2 $200,000 Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.
Bookies at Ladbrokes.com.au have kept Hellova Street safe in the betting for the Victorian Sprint Series Final and he shares favouritism at $5.50 with the Darren Weir trained Man From Uncle and Robbie Griffiths’ Divine Quality.