Last Gift Aiming For Three Straight

Impressive gelding Last Gift is chasing his third straight victory when he contests the Sportingbet Handicap (1000m) at Moonee Valley tomorrow.

Last Gift has looked like a new horse since returning from a spell in June, recording a comfortable two and a half-length victory in the Guardian Court Hero Handicap (975m) at Swan Hill before recording his first win in Melbourne in the Programmed Property Services Handicap (1000m) at Caulfield last month.

In-form trainer Stephen Theodore is delighted with the son of Escalation and believes he is an excellent chance to record another win tomorrow.

“He is just absolutely flying,” Theodore told Racing Ahead.

“When the stable is having a good run you always have to have a horse that is stilling going better than everything and that is him.

“After seeing his sectionals at trackwork at home, they will want to be going very good to beat him tomorrow.

“I just can’t fault him one little bit.”

Last Gift has led throughout in his last two wins but Theodore is confident that the five-year-old is far more adaptable than he has shown.

“I don’t think he is going to be as one dimensional as everybody sort of thinks,” the Cranbourne-based trainer said.

“We rode him to be the speed horse at Caulfield because that was our best way of winning it.

“He has such a good cruising speed that he doesn’t have too lead and that is the beautiful thing about it.”

Theodore’s goal when Last Gift entered his stable was to win a stakes race with the gelding and he has targeted the Carlyon Stakes at Moonee Valley on August 24 as the black type event to turn that goal into a reality while the Mazda 55 Second Challenge (955m) later in the year also looms as an option for the speedy galloper.

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