ELWICK has been a haven for wet-trackers for more than three months now _ and Longford trainer Dianne Ray-Luttrell is hoping that won't change any time soon.
Ray-Luttrell's wet track specialist Spy Wears Prado made it four wins from his past five starts when he scored on a heavy track in Sunday's Benchmark 78 Handicap.
Apart from his maiden win two years ago, the gelding has recorded all his eight wins on slow or heavy ground.
Elwick has been rated slow or heavy for every meeting since June 9 and Ray-Luttrell is hoping those conditions prevail for at least another month, as Spy Wears Prado heads towards the end of a lucrative campaign.
The six-year-old had to do it the hard way on Sunday when in-form apprentice David Fisher had to make his run up the middle of the track in the home straight, as his path to the better going out wide was blocked.
Despite that disadvantage, Fisher said the gelding ``showed a good turn of foot and was strong to the line.''
Ray-Luttrell said that Spy Wears Prado was in career-best form.
``He has done a wonderful job this preparation,'' the trainer said.
``At some stage he will need a brief let-up but, while the tracks are wet, I'll keep him going.''
Ray-Luttrell said that, given the horse was improving with age, she may give him another chance over 1600 metres.
So far, all his wins have been from 1100m to 1400m.
At his only try over 1600m, he ran third when favourite in Hobart 15 months ago.
Spy Wears Prado is raced by his breeders David and Patricianne Cochrane, of Bowthorpe Stud, at Longford.
He is by their stallion El Maggiore who also had a winner at the last Devonport meeting in Poponova.