Native Soldier Sizzles In Caulfield Win

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Native Soldier has moved to the top of betting for the with his defeat of the older horses in the Listed at .

But the colt will need to prove his fitness after returning to scale following Wednesday's win lame in his right foreleg.

Native Soldier had his price slashed from $6 to $3.50 after his emphatic victory in quick time but watching the colt return to scale post-race, trainer noticed the colt's action was wrong.

“He looks a little lame,” Weir said.

“We'll have a look and see how he is when he cools down and we'll get a better indication tomorrow.”

Racing stewards reported the colt was lame and also suffering heat stress.

Ridden by , Native Soldier was sent out the $2.35 favourite and defeated Manalo Blahniq ($12) by 1-1/4 lengths with , backed from $4.40 to $3.50, a half-length away third.

Native Soldier carved out the 1200m in 1:08.57 after trailing the leader Runson.

Weir said he had seen improvement in Native Soldier's racing manners since he he was a spring three-year-old.

Native Soldier won the at Caulfield over 1400m before running running 12th behind The Autumn Sun in the .

“He's got plenty of upside. One day he'll win a good race over a mile,” Weir said.

“Since he's had the little break, his two runs back he's relaxed very well whereas before he'd jump and go a little fierce.”

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