Elite Street prepared for the Colonel Reeves Stakes

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Dan Morton is confident his star sprinter Elite Street can make a statement in the Group 3 Colonel Reeves Stakes (1100m) at Ascot on Saturday.

Elite Street has not raced for six months since winning the Group 3 Northam Stakes (1100m) and Roma Cup (1200m) double in the winter.

Elite Street will contest the Colonel Reeves Stakes on Saturday and will attempt to win his second Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) on November 26.

Morton says in his work the Street Boss gelding is showing all the right signs of being fit and ready to embark on a new racing campaign.

“He’s nice and cool and he’s had a good bit of preparation so I’m looking forward to it,” Morton said on Tabradio.

“We’ve got him well ahead because obviously he’s only going to have this and then straight to Winterbottom.

“We needed him very ready and I think he is.

Elite Street will not have as tough a preparation as he did 12 months ago when he won a hat-trick of feature races and finished third in the Winterbottom Stakes.

The six-year-old won the Crawford Stakes (1000m), Prince Of Wales Stakes (1000m) and peaked in the Colonel Reeves Stakes (1100m).

Morton believes Elite Street is going as well as he did this time a year ago.

“I feel like he is, he’s moving beautifully,” Morton said.

“We’re getting good gallops into him on the grass and we like what we’ve seen so far.

“Brad Rawiller has worked with him on most of his bigger jobs and is very happy with him.

Elite Street carries the top weight of 59kg for the Colonel Reeves Stakes and jumps from barrier nine for Rawiller.

Elite Street and stablemate Wilchino will attack Morton with two forces in the Colonel Reeves Stakes.

Wilchino showed off her sprinting skills last year by winning six races in a row before finishing as the favorite on the track in the Winterbottom Stakes.

The mare Maschino was unplaced in the Crawford Stakes (1000m) on her return from last month, but her hopes were dashed after starting from the widest gate (16).

The six-year-old will get a better chance to bounce back from the third hurdle in the Colonel Reeves Stakes and Morton believes he can run a better race.

“She didn’t take a step back,” Morton said.

“If she can use her barrier well and be in the line of fire, she should be a fair way there.

Elite Street holds the $3.30 favorite in the Colonel Reeves Stakes, eclipsing Miss Conteki ($3.80).

Wilchino is next at $6.

Morton’s main racing line-up on Saturday includes Stafford’s Lad in the Luckygray Stakes (1800m) and Sesswa in the Champion Fillies Stakes.

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