The connections of promising filly Mileva have opted not to pursue a Thousand Guineas path, believing she has not been “exposed enough” for the 1600m challenge at Caulfield next month.
The winner of her only two starts is to be kept to shorter trips this campaign and co-trainers Dan Clarken and Oopy Macgillivray are using a 1200m race at Moonee Valley on Friday night to gain more knowledge of her ability.
“We will know win, lose or draw where her ability lies,” Clarken said.
“We are going to know if we have got a real nice filly going forward.
“I’m full of confidence, everything I have asked her to do, she has done it quite easily. When the draw came out I was thrilled, I’m absolutely happy with two.
“If you draw 10 you know you are going to get a real mongrel of a run, you know that, and you don’t know where you lie in the scheme of everything.”
Sky Racing News Update: 23rd September 2020
Sky Racing News Update: 23rd September 2020.
Mileva won on debut at her home track at Murray Bridge in January, only to be plagued by shin issues. She did not return to the track until September 5 and the Thousand Guineas was mentioned after her emphatic win.
However, Clarken said it would have taken a “real big” effort to get to that Group 1 race, adding “she is there, but not there as far as maturity” and there were nice races at the Adelaide Autumn carnival he would target.
He believes Mileva is “looking” for the 1200m.
“We will keep her to short trips, I don’t think she has been exposed enough for further trips,” Clarken said.
“Whatever happens, it will set her up for the Autumn because she has been a bit of a scallywag over the duration.”
Mileva was floated to Ballarat on Wednesday night.
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Originally published asGuineas challenge too soon for Mileva
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