A stable mix-up in missing the VRC Sprint Classic nomination deadline for exciting sprinter Brooklyn Hustle could prove to be a blessing in disguise.
Rosemount Stud principal Anthony Mithen wasn’t delighted when the exciting sprinter wasn’t in the nominations for the $1.5million dash last Saturday but on reflection, after watching Bivouac destroy his opposition, he feels it was for the best.
Connections, who chose not to pay a late nomination fee, have decided to send the daughter of Starspangledbanner to the paddock before sending her back to trainers Jason Warren and Dean Krongold for a tilt at the Group I Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield in February.
Mithen, in consultation with form expert Deane Lester, has decided the Oakleigh Plate is a suitable option.
Brooklyn Hustle will try to repeat Pippie’s feat from earlier this year when she won the Oakleigh Plate as a four-year-old mare.
“Missing the nomination could be a blessing in disguise because if we went another two weeks in our preparation it would have been really tight to be up and ready for the Oakleigh Plate,” Mithen said.
“Deane Lester said I reckon you go to the paddock and then follow the Pippie path.
“She will meet all those weight-for-age horses somewhere between four and six kilos better off than when she had been running fourth against them in Group Is this spring.
“Based on her ratings, the Oakleigh Plate is her race to win.
“She will come through our pre-training and we will get her back to Jason in time to have a lead-up run into the Oakleigh Plate.”
Brooklyn Hustle wound up her recent preparation by finishing fourth behind Pippie in the Group 1 Moir Stakes and fourth behind Hey Doc in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes.
Originally published asNo need to Hustle: Mix-up could prove blessing in disguise
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