Profondo ‘Mollycoddled’ gets back on track with tough loving

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“He can still be a bit fiery, but he has more control, which allows him to show his best.

“He came back into the stable and was the horse we thought we had, and he showed that first in the Winx Stakes.”

Profondo finished third behind Anamoe in the Winx and needs to keep improving to match Litt’s confidence. The coach’s soft voice no longer fades when talking about his star.

There is an underlying belief in Litt as Profondo prepares to face Zaaki in Saturday’s Tramway Stakes. He kept it in the Winx 1400m when many thought he would move up to the Chelmsford Stakes 1600m on the same schedule.

“We have goals with him, and the 1400m works best for him to get races like the George Main Stakes, Turnbull and Cox Plate.”

These are races that Litt used to deflect questions when asked. He knows they’ll be in play later in the spring, but Profondo still has to show why at Randwick on Saturday, where Brenton Avdulla will be in the saddle again.

“He just got tighter after that Winx run and Brenton was really happy with him,” Litt said.

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“You have to remember he’s only had six starts but already there’s nowhere to hide. But we want to test him against the Anamoes and the Zaakis.

Zaaki won the Tramway 12 months ago in dominant fashion, and bets suggest he will return back-to-back in Group 2. The eight-year-old was backed $2.30-$1.75, while that Profondo and two-time Group 1 winner Converge are the second $7 betting line.

Zaaki’s trainer Annabel Neasham has respect for the opposition and said the comeback race would help bring his star to his peak for the same racing schedule as Profondo.

“For us, this is a starting point for Zaaki. It’s hard to have them completely liquidated in every race, and our main goal is for him to peak fourth [in the Cox Plate]“said Neasham.

“He has a bit of improvement to come. He’s not 100% fit, but that’s no different from last year or any other preparation.

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