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Two Caulfield runners for Phillip Stokes

TwoCaulfieldrunnersforPhillipStokes

January5,201811:33am。

byAAP

Last-startCaulfieldwinnerTrogirwillreturntoMelbournefromAdelaidewithEclairCrossing。

AdelaidetrainerPhillipStokeswilltestEclairCallinginMelbourneforthefirsttimeatCaulfield,believingtheinterstatetripwillhavelongertermbenefitsforthelightlyracedgelding。

EclairCallingissettoruninSundaysSandraCheeversHandicap(1400m)whilehisstablemateTrogirreturnstoCaulfieldfortheAlexBurrowsHandicap(1400m)afterwinningatthetracklaststart。

Four-year-oldEclairCallinghasonlyracedthreetimesbutStokessaystheyarestartingtogetrewardedforapatientapproachwiththeslow-maturer。

AfteraningloriousdebutinAugustwhenhefinishedalonglast,EclairCallinghaswonhistwostartsthiscampaignatGawlerover1100mand1500m。

Hesstillabig,rawhorse,Stokessaid。

Hisfirststartwasonaheavytrackandhedidntgoayardandgotbeatenthirtylengths。

Hisnexttwohavebeenquitegood。

Hesimproved。

ThosestartshavebeenatGawlerandIwantedtogethimawayfromhereforabitmoreofalearningcurveatadifferenttrack。

HellbecompetitivebuthelltakealotoutofitandIthinkhesstillapreparationaway。

StokesbelievesEclairCallingwillgetoverfurtherbutplanstogivehimabreakafterSunday。

EclairCallingwasat$6。

50onFridaywithKeentheTABs$2。

80favouriteafteraconvincingdebutwinatCranbourne。

Hellbecompetitivefromagoodbarrierandlookthewinneratsomestagebuthesstillveryraw,Stokessaid。

IprobablywouldhavepreferredFlemingtonbutifhegetsaroundCaulfieldhelllookthewinner。

Butitmightbejustgreennessthatbeatshim。

AstronggallopontheTuesdaybeforeTrogirsmostrecentraceconvincedStokestosendhimacrosstheborderforthe1200mbenchmark-64onDecember16atCaulfield,whichhewonby1-3/4lengths。

StokessaidTrogirhadworkedonaparwiththataheadofSundaysbenchmark-78forwhichheis$5。

50favourite。