By STEVE SPINKS
BALLINA trainer John Everson has decided on a hit-and-run tactic in his bid for victory with Ballina and Lismore Cups winner Arena Valadora at the Group Two Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington on November 6.
After an impressive win at Doomben on Saturday, Everson thinks his six-year-old gelding is ready to return to Melbourne.
"We're definitely going," he said.
"He worked beautifully this morning ... as smooth as silk.
"At this stage we'll probably fly the horse down on the Thursday before.
"It'll be hit and run rather than be down there too long."
Arena Valadora was originally trained in Melbourne by David Hall and he won three races at Flemington.
However, it will be Everson's first time to the Melbourne Cup track.
"It's very exciting," he said.
"The sheer experience of being down there will be great.
"It's the last Saturday of the Cup carnival and it will be another big day with the Group One Emirates Stakes on as well."
Since taking over training of Arena Valadora this year, Everson has had three wins from five starts.
The win at Doomben (2020m) was particularly impressive as the gelding drew an outside run and he used up a fair amount of energy to get to the lead early.