Yesterday top-shelf seven-year-old Lady Lynette recorded her baker’s dozen of career victories, the David and Scott Brunton-trained mare winning the $200,000 Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) at Flemington’s Turnbull Stakes Day on way to what is likely to be her career swansong in the 2011 Myer Classic.
The consistent daughter of Ladoni improved on her fourth to Palacio De Cristal in the Flemington feature 12 months ago, Lady Lynette ($8) and jockey Nicholas Hall overcoming a wide barrier 14 (of 15) start, beating home Booklet ($11) by one and a quarter lengths while the Peter Snowden-trained Dysphonia ($31) crossed a further quarter-length away third in the 2011 Blazer Stakes result.
Lady Lynette is now preparing for what will be only her third elite level assignment, connections targeting the $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day, Saturday October 29.
Two years ago Lady Lynette finished five lengths away second to the since-retired champion Typhoon Tracy in the 2009 Myer Classic, her only Group 1 start since then being an eighth place finish behind Alverta in the 2010 Coolmore Classic.
Having shown nice form this year, Lady Lynette winning the Blazer Stakes on the back of a close third to Peter Moody’s Kiwi import King’s Rose in the Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley, she will now look to go one better than her former Myer Classic result.
It is a tough task ahead of the soon-to-be retired Lady Lynette as only one horse in history has managed to complete the Blazer Stakes – Myer Classic winning double with Sedately (1994).
Purchased for just $13,000 as a yearling at the Magic Millions Sales in Tasmania back in 2006, Lady Lynette has raced 42 times to date for 13 victories, seven at stakes level, and 15 minor placings for over $980,000 in prize money.
She will look to hit the magic million dollar mark before her retirement and hopefully post a Group 1 victory in the Myer Classic 2011 to finish her stellar career.
“She has been an awesome mare,” co-trainer Scott Brunton said.
“There will be good money on the table for her as a broodmare.”
Lady Lynette will next line-up in the $15,000 Group 3 Tesio Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on October 22, Cox Plate Day, attempting her third straight win in the race before the Myer Classic.
Another class mare that could feature in this year’s Myer Classic field is the weekend’s Epsom Handicap winner Secret Admirer.
The Grahame Begg-trained Dubawi four-year-old became a dual Group 1 winner, having saluted in the Flight Stakes on Epsom Handicap Day last year, when taking out the $500,000 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.
Heading towards a run in Australasia’s weight-for-age championship, the 2011 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on October 22, Secret Admirer could also then progress onto the Melbourne Cup Carnival for the Myer Classic and possibly even the $1 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) the following Saturday.
“We could go to the Myer and then race on the quick back-up into the Emirates, she has won both her Group 1 races off a similar program,” Begg said.
Secret Admirer currently sits as an $18 chance in the Cox Plate odds at Luxbet, while betting is yet to open on the Myer Classic.
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