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Long Shorts in fashion again thanks to Donnelly's tactics

Posted on 25/08 by Pom de Turf

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A gelding once known for feet problems appears ready for a consistent run after smart work from his trainer.

Long Shorts is in the 1175m Commercial Club Albury Rating 67 Handicap at Albury on Friday having apparently tackled a troublesome soft foot issue.

AAP reports this is down to the work of Tim Donnelly, who says he has worked the five-year-old on bar plates to keep the pressure off his feet.

Long Shorts goes into Friday's race chasing back-to-back wins and has been in the placings in three of his last four races.

Quoted by AAP, Donnelly said: "He's never been perfect but he's been racing very consistently.

"While I'd prefer a drier surface tomorrow (track rated a heavy 9 on Thursday), he's got a nice alley and enough early speed to be there or take a sit. He's right in the race."

His competition tomorrow includes Enemigo, who has placings from the last two.

On Thursday the build-up to the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield gathered pace with the news Mic Mac had drawn barrier four for Saturday's race.

The four-year-old is now one of the favourites and could attract plenty of attention when a number of online horse racing betting markets open on Friday for the race.

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