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Flemington straight specialist wins again

Lake Como has continued her affinity for straight-track racing producing a strong on-pace win at Flemington.

Having her first start since finishing last in the Group One Sangster Stakes at Morphettville last month, Lake Como took out the Bruce Gadsden Handicap (1000m) on Saturday.

Ridden by Stephen Baster, Lake Como ($5) scored a three-quarter length win over Rough Justice ($11) with Play Master ($19) a long neck away third.

Lake Como has now won three of her four starts on the straight Flemington track, including her last three visits to the course.

Trainer Pat Hyland said the daughter of Pins had been pottering around at his property in Clyde since her latest performance on May 6.

“She didn’t do a lot of work and she hasn’t had any galloping since the Adelaide run,” Hyland said.

“She’s just freshened up and 1000 metres isn’t all that far.”

Hyland said he would like more straight races at Flemington for the mare.

“It’s lovely to find a track that she’s good at,” he said.

“Keep putting the straight races on and we’ll keep running her in them.”

Hyland said his next target with Lake Como was to find a suitable black-type race, preferably on the straight Flemington track.

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