MURRAY Bridge trainer Mick Huxtable will use the Thousand Guineas Prelude at Caulfield on Saturday to determine whether to persist with a Guineas run for Ecumenical.
The talented filly will face unbeaten Phillip Stokes-trained sensation Instant Celebrity, the early Guineas favourite on the back of an unbeaten record after three starts at Morphettville, in the Prelude over 1400m.
“There is nothing here for her to run in so we have gone over there,” Huxtable said. “She is in the Guineas, we will see what happens tomorrow.”
The $1million Group 1 Thousand Guineas will be contested at Caulfield on October 10 and the 1600m should be far more suitable than when Ecumenical resumed over 1100m at Morphettville on September 12.
Ecumenical finished eighth, but as Huxtable noted, she had no luck and “found trouble everywhere she went”.
“She has always shown she will get a bit of a trip, that is part of the reason she is over there,” he said. “You would think the 1600m would suit her, if she draws an alley.
“She has drawn ordinary tomorrow (Saturday), these things happen. Tomorrow will show us where she is going.”
A winner of three of her six starts, Ecumenical claimed the Listed Dequetteville Stakes in April and then the Group 3 Breeders Stakes, both at Morphettville.
She was floated to Melbourne on Thursday night and Huxtable said she travelled great.
“We can’t fault her since her last run,” he said.
Instant Celebrity’s past two wins have been simply stunning, producing an incredible burst of speed to win the Oaklands Plate in July and she then charged home late to win at Morphettville on September 12.
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Stable spokesman Tommy Stokes thought Instant Celebrity was vulnerable last start, being well below peak condition.
His dad Phillip believes the filly could be vulnerable in the Prelude, because it is her first run away from Morphettville.
“She has settled in really good,” Phillip said. “She looks fantastic and the way we have done it (preparation) is working out really well.
“She is vulnerable, more so because it is her first run at Caulfield. We will see how she handles the new track.
“But it is not about tomorrow, it is about the Guineas in two week’s time.”
Originally published asFilly to be tested as Guineas hope
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