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Plenty to like about Longford’s chances

Connections of Longford are bullish about the bargain buy’s prospects at Ashburton on Friday.
The four-year-old has prospered since moving south and he will be chasing the third win of his preparation in the Matt Smith Construction Rating 75 1 m.
“To me he should be winning, the only concern I have is that it’s his seventh run this campaign but he’s working well and the track will be to his liking,” co-trainer Richard Didham said.
Longford won once from 12 starts from the Cambridge stable of Stephen Marsh before his move to Riccarton.
“We paid $1800 for him off Gavelhouse and he’s now won and placed on a Premier day so we’re more than pleased with him,” Didham said.
“We picked up a steal and syndicated him and we think he’ll keep going on with it.”
Longford finished fourth at Riccarton at his latest appearance and Didham said the return to a mile would be more to the Cecconi gelding’s liking.
“We made a bit of a blue dropping him back to 7 f and they went slowly and when they took off he got left a bit flat-footed.
“He’s done well since and we’re really happy with him.”
A course and distance winner at Ashburton in March, Longford subsequently won at Riccarton and then finished third behind Euphoria and the stakes winner Residential.

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