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Australian Racing: The Inferno headed for Lightning

Singapore import The Inferno gave trainer Cliff Brown hope that he can gain an elusive Group 1 success when winning a trial at Cranbourne on Monday.

The son of Holy Roman Emperor was ridden by Damian Lane and showed enough to warrant a place in the Lightning Stakes first-up next weekend, for which he is currently a 25/1 chance.

"Look he was fine, got back and just made him settle, Damian felt he probably settled more than he thought he would," Brown told Racing.com.

Inferno proved his worth

"They sort of walked along and then sprinted, but he was okay late, he did all we wanted to see him do and he seems to be going ok.

"He'll go to the Lightning, it's going to be a star-studded race, but it's just a race I'd like to kick off in, it's weight-for-age, they'll clip along and if he can finish off a bit, I'll be happy."

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Brown feels the 1000-metre trip may just be a tad sharp for the five-year-old, but is hoping to see him finish the race off strongly.

"They're probably a little bit too quick for him over 1000 metres, but as I've said if he finished off I'd be happy," he added.

Brown working out distances

"I think in time once we get over 1200 metres and even out to 1400 metres eventually, I think he'll be better suited.

"Provided he ran well enough, I would head to the William Reid, he seems to like The Valley, 1200 metres and it should be a nice race for him."

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