Milwaukee (Image: Racing Photos)
Jye McNeil will require greater precision than usual when he partners Milwaukee for the first time in Saturday's $112,000 Listed Hilton Nicholas Straight Six (1200m) at Flemington.
Ridden by apprentices Michael Poy and Lewis German at his two most recent starts, the Michael Moroney-trained galloper has twice led inside the final 150 metres of 1000-metre races at Flemington, only to wilt on his effort and miss top-two finishes.
Milwaukee's mental fragility under the Flemington clocktower was brutally exposed when he finished third to Prezado in last Saturday's $100,000 Furphy Dash - the first of six heats of the All-Victorian Sprint Series.
"He had the race won at the 100-metre mark but then he's got this habit that when he gets to the front, if there's nothing to his inside, that he ducks into the left," Milwaukee's managing part-owner Rupert Legh told Racing.com's After The Last.
"Had he not done that last Saturday I'd say he would have gone very close to winning.
"I think our jockey (Jye McNeil) will be more prepared for him ducking in to the left if we're lucky enough to hit the front not too far away from the winning line."
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Legh anticipates Milwaukee is 'near peak fitness' and expects him to be aided by the rise to 1200m on Saturday.
"He tends to take three runs to get fit … I think he'll run a pretty bold race on Saturday," he said.
Despite his wayward tendencies, Milwaukee is a Flemington straight-track specialist, with his past four victories all coming at the venue and pushing his prizemoney to just shy of the $600,000 mark.
The six-year-old gelding by Fastnet Rock is $4.80 favourite in the market to win the Straight Six, as he proceeds towards the All-Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m) at Flemington on July 4.
Legh has no shortage of outstanding horses ahead of the 2020 Melbourne Spring Carnival, with the likes of Master Of Wine, Buffalo River and Masked Crusader - the latter subject to $3 million offers from Hong Kong - all resting in paddocks ahead of Group 1 assignments.