Kelly Schweida wasn’t frightened by what he saw at Eagle Farm on Saturday and has said he wouldn’t swap last week’s Ipswich winner Miss Hipstar for any other runner in the MM 2YO Classic.
“The best one I’ve seen so far is the Wyong winner (She’s All Class),” he said.
“The time wasn’t flash (in the B.J. McLachlan), while my filly ran comparable time at Ipswich to the Class 3 horses. I wouldn’t swap her.”
The trainer’s faith in the Star Turn filly has been stoked by Larry Cassidy’s confidence, after being aboard in both wins to date.
“He’s been there and done that. He’s ridden more good ones than I’ve trained good ones,” Schweida said. “The fact he gives her a rap gives me plenty of confidence.”
Schweida is leaning towards running Miss Hipstar in the Aquis Gold Pearl (1100m, 2YO F) on January 9 before backing up a week later.
“I don’t mind that scenario. It’s not ideal to have just one 800m race going into (the Magic Millions),” he said. “I’m a bit of a fan of patterns and I like that race the week before.
“Plus it gives her the chance to look at the track as well.”
KISSED BY GOOD FORTUNE
The absence of the top two Magic Millions Guineas fancies is likely to see Gotta Kiss run a warm favourite in Saturday’s Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate.
Co-trainer Matt Hoysted said at one stage he and Steve O’Dea were looking at the Nudgee Stakes (1200m), but the Vo Rogue over 1400m has firmed as the probable landing point with Isotope and Away Game bypassing the race and waiting for the Gold Coast.
“That’s been the reason we’ve gone down that path, rather than running in the Nudgee. The fact those other big guns are going straight in, it just looks like it’s a race that can work out perfect for her,” he said.
“She’s been screaming out for the 1400m on the big track her first two runs back.”
Gotta Kiss trialled comfortably last week behind Niedorp and Oh Five Glory in her first public hitout since charging home for second to Isotope in the Mode Plate.
Vo Rogue rivals will include the Tony Gollan pair Palladas and Starosa.
One filly who is a confirmed runner to take on the older mares in the Nudgee is the Michael Nolan trained Kisukano.
Gotta Kiss will go around a short-priced favourite in the Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate.Source:The Courier-Mail
MM 2YO CLASSIC
$4.40 She’s All Class
$6 Alpine Edge
$9 Baby Wong, Fake Love
$12 Ranch Hand
$14 Shaquero, Vandoula Lass
$19 Miss Hipstar, Readily Availabull
MM 3YO GUINEAS
$6.50 Away Game
$11 Forbidden Love
$12 Gotta Kiss
$14 Ellsberg, Palladas
$17 Smart Image
$19 Shooting For Gold
Tuesday: Rockhampton, Gosford, Yarra Valley, Canberra
Wednesday: Doomben, Coffs Harbour, Werribee, Bunbury
Thursday: Kilcoy, Gosford, Nowra, Warrnambool, Echuca, Port Lincoln, Mount Barker
Friday: Ipswich, Canterbury (night), Flemington, Gundagai, Inverell, Port Macquarie, Kyneton, Mornington, Murray Bridge, Pinjarra, Longford
Saturday: Eagle Farm, Kensington, Caulfield, Gawler, Ascot, Toowoomba (night), Townsville, Bell, Wyong, Terang, King Island
Sunday: Sunshine Coast, Ballina, Gilgandra, Sale, Benalla, Bunbury
“We’re in a really good spot and will be one of the hardest to beat.”
— Toby Edmonds likes where he’s placed with Alpine Edge, knowing he only has to walk across the road to a track he’s very familiar with for his Grand Final in three weeks, adding it’s unlikely he will run again before MM day.
THE TALKING POINT
The Magic Millions 2YO Classic was turned on its head with Shaquero’s flop and Vandoula Lass failing to find the line in Sydney, leaving She’s All Class alone at the top of the market and Alpine Edge second elect. Still time for an untapped one to emerge as a genuine threat in the next fortnight.
Justin Huxtable made the winning move early by getting on the back of Michael Rodd (Oh Five Glory) to have Shooting For Gold poised to pounce in a very slowly run race. Rounded out the day with a polished display on Stampe in the last.
THREE TO BACK
Roman Aureus, Race 9: Right back in form here.
Skate To Paris, Race 7: The 1800m race on MM day could be her go.
Dzsenifer, Race 3: Just missed against a handy Sydneysider.
English jockey Leonna Mayor is on fire after making the switch from the saddle to a television studio in a boom time for women in racing….
English jockey Leonna Mayor is on fire after making the switch from the saddle to a television studio in a boom time for women in racing.
Viridine (Race 8) is so honest, but that’s left him high up in the weights and he’s struggling to match strides with lighter weighted rivals.
Shaquero was gone on the turn in a performance totally in contrast to his Breeders’ Plate win and trials. Surely he’s a lot better than that.
The Falvelon looked super tough, but punters found the winner Roheryn as the pick of the Godolphin trio and sent him out favourite. Good money for The Odyssey in the same race just missed the mark.
Originally published asWhy Schweida thinks his Miss can be a MM star
Source: Read Full Article