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First up specialist Missrock is primed to take on some of the nation’s top sprinters in the Group 1 $750,000 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) at Flemington on Saturday.

Missrock, above, is primed for another top first up performance in the 2018 Black Caviar Lightning at Flemington. Photo by Steve Hart.

Missrock, above, is primed for another top first up performance in the 2018 Black Caviar Lightning at Flemington. Photo by Steve Hart.

All of Missrock’s four wins have been first up and trainer Robbie Laing said that the Fastnet Rock mare is ready to perform at her best again when she kicks off her Autumn Carnival campaign in the dash down the Flemington straight.

Missrock was spelled after finishing ninth to Redzel in the Group 1 $1m Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington on the last day of the 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival and she will be lining up against the Team Snowden trained speedster again the Black Caviar Lightning.

Laing wrapped up Missrock’s preparation with an easy barrier trial at Cranbourne on February 5 which saw her finish third over 800m.

“We were conscious to hold her together and leave plenty in reserve,” Laing told AAP.

“She’s performs brilliantly first-up and we didn’t want her to go out and do something like she would on a race day.

“She’s right on target and I know it’s a top field and she’ll want to be at her top, but her top always seems to be first-up.”

“She’s a big strong girl and everything has gone right this preparation.”

Missrock was a winner down the famous Flemington straight twelve months ago with a first up victory over 1100m against the Fillies and Mares while her latest win was when she raced fresh to beat Heartherly in the Listed $120,000 SAJ Fruit Supply Carlyon Stakes (1000m) at The Valley on August last Spring.

Early betting for the Black Caviar Lightning at Ladbrokes.com.au has Missrock marked at $15 while The Everest winner Redzel is a clear cut favourite at $1.80.

Early betting for the Black Caviar Lightning at Ladbrokes.com.au: $1.80 Redzel, $8 Hey Doc, $10 Redkirk Warrior, $11 Ball Of Muscle, Terravista, $13 Catchy, $15 Limestone, Missrock, Supido, $17 Super Too, $21 Rock Magic.

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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