Chouxting The Mob continued his rise through the Melbourne staying ranks with a Flemington win.
Chouxting The Mob has completed a winning hat-trick at Flemington with his trainer now looking to the first Tuesday in November.
Trainer Simon Morrish said the Lavazza Long Black, a support staying race at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day, was the logical option for Chouxting The Mob after his win in Saturday’s TAB/ATA Celebrates Women Trainers Handicap.
Ridden by Beau Mertens, Chouxting The Mob ($13) scored a widening 2-1/2 length win from the $2.50 favourite Last Week with Observational ($9.50) a short-neck away third.
Chouxting The Mob was lining up for the 11th start of his campaign after having almost two years off the scene because of a cracked bone in a hind leg.
He now races with three screws in the leg and Morrish is mindful of how far he can push into winter with spring races approaching.
Saturday’s win was his fourth in his past five starts and follows victories at Sandown and Cranbourne.
“He’s gone through his grades well and is probably deserving of a better race,” Morrish said.
“I don’t know how good he is but he’s a real stayer.
“I think the style of racing suits him. He does nothing for the first 2000 metres and dashes home over the last 500 metres.
“You’d like to think the Lavazza Long Black would suit, or that other race (the Melbourne Cup), but we’ll see how far we press on.”
Lindsay Park co-trainer Ben Hayes said 2017 Caulfield Cup winner Boom Time ($26) had been retired after finishing last on Saturday, beaten more than 18 lengths.