Guineas gamble

SILENT Man is the best 50-1 shot running at Saturday’s Yalumba Golden Mile Raceday, according to Bendigo trainer Shane Fliedner.

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While Fliedner admits his three-year-old faces a tough task in the $150,000 First Light Racing Bendigo Guineas (1400m), he said Silent Man should be much shorter in the market.

“I probably should be running Silent Man over 1800m at Sandown next Wednesday, but when you have a $150,000 race being run over the road it’s hard to knock back,’’ Fliedner said.

“He’s coming along really well this horse, but he’s looking for more ground.

“This is a very good race, but if he gets some luck in running he’ll be hitting the line hard.

“The topweight (Trust In a Gust) is a very good horse and he looks a moral… but my horse can be competitive with the rest of them.”

Silent Man caught the eye when storming home for third over 1400m at Sandown last start.

“It took him a while to wind up, but in the final 100m he finished off well,’’ Fliedner said.

“Damien Oliver got off him and said the horse would make a nice horse in time.

“I think we won’t see the best of him until he gets out to 2000m.”

Fliedner’s other runner on Saturday is He’s Commanding in the Woodside Park Stud Handicap (1000m).

He’s Commanding ran second on debut at Bendgo last October before breaking its maiden status on Bendigo Cup day.

The three-year-old returned to racing when running ninth at Sandown last month, before running fourth at Werribee.

Like his stablemate, He’s Commanding will go around at big odds.

“I was happy enough with his run at Sandown because he needed the run,’’ Fliedner said.

“But his run last start was ordinary. He didn’t handle the tight track.

“We’ve changed his gear and the return to the bigger track will suit him better.

“We’ll ride him with a sit and we’re expecting him to run well.”

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