Runson switched on for Christmas Stakes

RunsonswitchedonforChristmasStakes

December25,20189:45am。

byAAP

StephenBasterwillagainrideRunsonwhenthesprinterrunsintheListedChristmasStakes。

TrainerTroyCorstenssaysChristmasStakescontenderRunsonisarealhomebody。

AfterasuccessfulcampaigninMelbourneduringthespring,RunsonwastakentoPerthforhisGroupOnedebutintheWinterbottomStakesatAscotatthestartofthemonth。

Runsonshowedearlypacebeforeweakeningoutoftherace,finishing12thbehindVoodooLadinthe1200m-sprint。

Corstens,whotrainsinpartnershipwithhisfatherLeon,isexpectinganimprovedshowingfromthespeedsterinWednesdays1200m-Listedrace。

HesaidthegeldinghadreturnedfromhisPerthexcursionadifferenthorse。

Imnotsurewhatitwas,Corstenssaid。

Isuspecthewentoverthereandwentintospellmode。

Hewasntflat,buthejustwasnthimself。

ThefirstdayhegotbacktoFlemington,bang,hewasbackonsong。

HelikesthehustleandbustleofFlemington。

Itseemstoswitchhimonandhereallygetsthebitupbetweentheteethandhewantstowork。

Thatshowhethrivessoweleavehimhere。

HisgallopshavebeenfantasticandIwouldexpecthimtorunareallybigrace。

StephenBasterwillrideafterpartneringRunsoninhispastfivestartsincludinghis4-3/4lengthvictoryintrackrecordtimeatMooneeValleyinOctober。

Corstensseesthenine-horsefieldaplusandbarrierfourideal。

Steviecancomeacrossandhavehimwherehescomfortableandpossiblydictatetherace,Corstenssaid。

CorstenssaidthestablewouldpressonwithRunsonthroughthesummermonthsandpossiblyintoautumn。

Hedidnthaveahecticspringknowingthathewasgoingtostayinworkforsixorsevenmonthsattheveryminimum,Corstenssaid。

Theplanhasalwaysbeentoracethroughsummerandthatswhatweplanondoing。

RunsonissecondfavouriteforWednesdaysraceat$4。

40,havingdriftedfrom$3。

80whenmarketsopened。

TheDarrenWeir-trainedNativeSoldierhasbeentheheavilysupportedfavourite,firmingfrom$4into$2。


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