CONSISTENT Warrnambool galloper Nashville Sound gets his chance to win a Melbourne metropolitan race at Flemington on Saturday, according to Daniel Bowman.
The Warrnambool trainer saddles up Nashville Sound with local jockey Declan Bates aboard against 12 rivals in a $108,000 benchmark 84 race over 2500 metres in the opening race on the nine-event program.
Nashville Sound ran third in the Casterton Cup last Sunday on the back of a second placing at Warrnambool earlier this month.
"The 2500 metres really suits him," Bowman said.
"He was unlucky in the Casterton Cup last week when he was stopped in his tracks after a mishap from another runner in the race.
"Nashville Sound was left flat-footed after that incident. I'm sure he'll appreciate the big, wide spaces at Flemington plus the soft track.
"It looks an ideal race for him at this stage. He's been a great money spinner for his connections."
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Bowman told The Standard the lightly-raced five-year-old will be set for a jumping career next year.
"We've put Nashville Sound over a few hurdles and he seems to like the caper," he said.
"We put him over the hurdles to sharpen him up and he likes it. I think he's an ideal type to make a jumper.
"He likes wet ground and can stay but we'll keep him to flat racing for the rest of this year."
From his 17 starts Nashville Sound has won three races and been in the minor place getters stall on eight occasions.
Nashville Sound's stablemate Roddandtood is the first emergency in a 1100-metre race at Flemington.
Meanwhile, other local trainers Peter Chow, Lindsey Smith, Symon Wilde, Peter Lafferty, Aaron Purcell and Matthew Williams have runners.
Chow will be represented by Moor Wanted. Smith accepted with Wheal Leisure, Reykjavik and Great Again. Wilde has Aurora's Symphony running while Lafferty's Sivar is the third emergency in the same race.
Guizot runs for Purcell and Kuramae will try to win back-to-back Flemington races for Williams.
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