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Richly talented pacer Battle Born looks ready to make his Queensland debut.

Recently purchased by Margaret Scott and placed with Lower Mt Walker horseman Trevor Lambourn, the five-year-old looked sharp winning his latest trial at Albion Park yesterday (Tuesday).

The Art Major gelding led throughout in the 1660m workout defeating Chal Fire and Glenferrie Hood in a time of 1:54.6.

He recorded sectionals of 28.7, 30.1, 28.1 and 27.8 seconds.

Battle Born was handled by Matt Elkins in the trial.

“I was happy with his effort, in fact, both of his trials have been very pleasing and he looks ready to go now so we’ll go looking for a suitable race in the coming week or so.” Lambourn said.

The previous week, in his first local appearance, Battle Born ran second by a neck margin behind Georgia Grace in a time of 1:54.9 after coming from well back in the field.

Georgia Grace has since won at Albion Park and looks a leading chance in Saturday’s $15,540 Kevin & Kay Seymour Rising Stars Championship Final at Albion Park.

Battle Born was recently purchased from the stables of respected Victorian trainer Andy Gath and has not raced since finishing 6th behind Soho Tribeca in the Gr.1 $120,000 Vicbred Super Series 4yo Final at TABCORP Park, Melton on July 8.

A winner of 12 races from his 28 starts, the speedy type has banked more than $70,000 in stakes.

Features during the Brisbane summer in December at Albion Park loom as a distinct possibility for the five times Melton winner.

The summer carnival features include the Gr.3 $30,540 Be Good Johnny Sprint on December 2 followed by the $20,540 Christmas Cup (December 9) and the Gr.2 $60,540 Queensland Cup the following week.

Battle Born will make his local debut next Tuesday (October 10) at Albion Park over the 1660m.

Elkins is booked to drive.

Chris Barsby | RQ Web News | October 4 | Photo credit: Dan Costello

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