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Don Carlo speeding toward black type targets

13 September 2017, 2:51 p.m.

Southern speed merchant Don Carlo is heading for a stakes double header.

“We want to get to Cup week at Christchurch for the Pegasus and the Stewards,” trainer Michael Daly said.

Don Carlo Photo: Race Images Palmerston North

“I’m very happy with the horse and he’s coming along well, but like a lot of other people the weather has held us up.”

Raced by breeder Rod Moore, Don Carlo has won four of his seven starts and he went for a break off the back of consecutive success at Riccarton.

Since his return he has placed in open trials over 850m Rangiora and over 800m at Ashburton on Tuesday.

“Hopefully I can find a couple of nice lead-up races to Riccarton for him,” Daly said.

The son of Per Incanto is expected to get at least 1400m later on, but in the short term the focus will be on harnessing his speed.

“When he’s won at Ashburton and Riccarton over 1200m he’s been strong at the line and it’s about trying to get him to settle,” Daly said.

“He’s been in behind them when they are running 1.08 and he’s still pulling his block off. He’s not an erratic horse, it’s just that he wants to get on with the job.”

Don Carlo has already beaten quality opposition, including the stakes performers La Diosa, Zigwig, What Choux Want, Kiwi Ida, Sensei and Residential. – NZ Racing Desk.