Trainer Cliff Green says Benji’s a good chance tomorrow

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The Cliff Green-trained Benji’s has drawn barrier four in the Crown Perth Handicap (1600m) at Ascot tomorrow. Picture: Anita McInnes

GINGIN trainer Cliff Green says Benji’s is one of two good chances he will have on Kingston Town Classic Day at Ascot tomorrow.

Benji’s, who will start in blinkers for the first time, has drawn barrier four in the Crown Perth Handicap (1600m) with jockey Steven Parnham retaining the ride.

Green said in Benji’s last start – a 1300m class 1 handicap at Belmont Park on November 17 ­ – he had hit the front at 200m.

“He then didn’t know what to do and started looking around,’’ he said.

Showing his immaturity the gelding finished in fourth place but Green thought Parnham had worked him out better mentally now and would be able to time his run a lot better.

As the horse has worked really well in blinkers Green expects a vast improvement in tomorrow’s race and that the distance would suit him as well.

The favourite Expressionist with William Pike on board would be a big challenge but potentially so were the other runners.

The Ashley Maley-trained Megadon will start from barrier 13 and will carry 1.5kg more than Benji’s 56.5kg.

Megadon has had three wins at 1600m including one at Belmont Park on August 7.

Wednesday is Green’s other starter tomorrow.

She has drawn barrier five in the Tabtouch Better Your Bet Handicap (1200m) for jockey Shaun O’Donnell.

Green scratched Yadreamin’ from the Tour Edge Handicap (2200m) after she whacked the back of a leg on Wednesday night and he knew he would not be able to get the swelling down in time for tomorrow.

“She’ll be going for a spell to freshen up as she’s deep in her preparation now.’’