Ben Melham to race with Darren Weir-trained Lonhspresso

LONHSPRESSO has drawn gate seven in the group 1 $500,000 Tattersalls Tiara for fillies and mares, 1400m, at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

The Darren Weir-trained mare Lonhspresso will eye a group 1 victory with Ben Melham on board at Eagle Farm on Saturday. PICTURE: GETTY IMAGES

The Darren Weir-trained mare Lonhspresso will eye a group 1 victory with Ben Melham on board at Eagle Farm on Saturday. PICTURE: GETTY IMAGES

Ben Melham will take the ride as he attempts to take another Darren Weir-trained mare to a group 1 victory.

He is a two-time group 1 winner on Platelet for the Ballarat stable.

Lonhspresso is coming off a second-placing in the Gold Topaz, 1200m, at Swan Hill, which followed a win in the Straight Six at Flemington.

Weir continued on his winning way with a double at Sandown Hillside on Wednesday.

He saluted with Chloe Anna ($4.20) in a maiden, 1800m, and Island Bar ($5.50) in a benchmark70, 1500m.

This gives 78 Melbourne metropolitan wins this season and an unassailable lead in the premiership.

BALLARAT and District Trotting Club will have a 10-race program in the twilight zone on Sunday.

The opening event will be at the early time of 4.55pm.

The meeting will see the return of the Ashleigh Herbertson-trained Gelese, which won three races on end before going for a spell in October last year.

Gelese resumes in the Creswick RSL Light Horse Troop R2-R4 Pace, 2200m.

DAYLESFORD trainer Bob Conroy produced pacing-bred squaregaiter Argyle Melody ($10.60) for a win at Geelong on Tuesday night.

By Life Sign, Argyle Melody overcame tracking wide late to get the money in a T0-T1 handicap, 2100m.

This gives the five-year-old mare five career wins for almost $25,000 in stakes.

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