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Fortaleza looking for home track advantage

Stakes placed galloper Fortaleza (pictured) will be hoping the home track advantage will be playing in her favour come Wednesday when she lines up in the maiden 3YO event over 1200m at Matamata.

Her first up run over 1200m at Te Rapa last month had plenty of merit and she looks to have taken plenty of improvement for the outing.

“She just wanted to do things wrong in her first up effort and then she got held up at a vital time in the running, although she found the line nicely,” co-trainer Pam Gerard said.

“We wanted to stick to the 1200m trip just to teach her to relax a little more, before we make the step up in distance, but she’ll eventually be a nice 1600m + horse.”

Inform rider Danielle Johnson will again partner the daughter of Darci Brahma and she has drawn a lovely gate in barrier two.

“The weather has played it’s part again, and if it gets any worse we may have to look at an alternate option, but it does look the right race for her in paper.”

[05 Sep 16]

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