Tough As on the Ball but Metz out

Master trainer Ron Ball reports his star galloper Metz Magic will miss at least a fortnight of racing.

The National Sprint Champion tore a pad off his off hind leg as big as a 20 cent coin.

Ball noticed the injury on Tuesday and scratched Metz Magic from the Mixed 600m at Albion Park tonight.

He believes there are other good chances on the same card including Tough As in the $10,000 Christmas Stocking (520m, 9.11pm),

Tough As is in prime form after two Albion Park wins in 30.34 and 30.32.

He is perfectly boxed in one.

While he is likely to get headed early by Chevez and Spindle, those two are suspect at running a strong 520m.

“He is a mad railer but has drawn a lot of wide and middle boxes,” Ball said.

“And then when he has drawn near the rail he has been getting knocked over.

“He is getting it right now and box one really suits him.

“He can begin quite quickly and when he gets it right, he keeps going.”

Ball has lightly-raced little brothers Blue Charizard and Kaffron (by Big Daddy Cool-Ultra Swift) in the opening two races.

“The littler has tons of ability but you have to get their confidence up,” Ball said.

“You have got be careful how you handle them, how you feed them and look after their temperament, the whole litter is the same.

Blue Charizard (Novice, 520m, 6.41pm) was stopped in its tracks at his first start but is getting better,” Ball said.

“He has got to have a big chance in this race.”

Kaffron is suited in box seven as he races wide.

“It is not a tough field and I like his chances from out there.”

Ball gives Degas Vegas an each-way chance.

He tackles the Grade 5 (520m, 7.27pm) from box four but things just might fall in his favour.

The three dogs drawn inside of the son of Bombastic Shiraz and Witheren’s Girl are all quicker early.

This should enable Degas Vegas to position on the fence quickly and rail up.

He recently ran the equivalent to 30.25 sec at Albion Park which would be good enough to win this.

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