Neville Layt’s high-earning filly Karuta Queen will bypass Albury’s Friday night meeting in favour of a black-type run at Rosehill’s Coolmore Classic Day in the Maurice McCarten Stakes 2012 on Saturday.
Karuta Queen, last seen running a disappointing ninth behind Sea Siren in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm on February 18, has been dually nominated this weekend.
Originally Layt was considering taking her to Albury Friday night for the $50,000 Flat Knacker (900m), the short sprint offering a juicy $100,000 bonus to the winner should they break win in under 50 seconds.
The Queanbeyan horseman has now confirmed, however, that she will instead be accepted for and run in the $100,000 Listed Maurice McCarten Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
The 2012 Maurice McCarten Stakes attracted a total of 16 sprinters, most of which are older than Karuta Queen.
An open-age race doesn’t worry Layt, however, Karuta Queen having already faced the best the racing world has to offer in Black Caviar when second in last year’s Schillaci Stakes.
“She was up against Black Caviar one day,” Layt said.
“I galloped her this morning and she worked beautiful.
“She’s right on her game and everything.”
Some of the other top name entries along with Karuta Queen include Peter Moody’s last-start Flemington winner Panipique; the Peter Snowden-trained Group 2 winner Parables; Latin News who is unlikely to run having been accepted for tomorrow’s Newcastle Newmarket Handicap; and the Joe Pride-trained trio of News Alert, Title and Le Remlap.
Twelve months ago the Maurice McCarten Stakes was won by Atomic Force who went on to win the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Royal Randwick two starts later.
The Maurice McCarten could again prove a good autumn guide for punters with this year’s The Galaxy to run on April 21.
Layt was yet to confirm autumn plans and whether The Galaxy 2012 was in Karuta Queen’s sights.
“I’ll be guided by Saturday, where I go after that I’ll let her tell me,” he said.
“I just want to see how she comes through Saturday before I make any plans.”
See below for the full list of Maurice McCarten Stakes nominees, the number to be reduced to the final field of acceptors on Wednesday.
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2012 Maurcie McCarten Stakes Nominations & Ballot
Rosehill Gardens – 24/03/2012
|1||NEWS ALERT||Joseph Pride||1||59kg||104|
|4||CARDINAL VIRTUE||David Payne||6=||54.5kg||95|
|5||KARUTA QUEEN||Neville Layt||3=||54.5kg||100|
|6||LATIN NEWS||David Payne||6=||54.5kg||95|
|7||PANIPIQUE||Peter G Moody||5||54.5kg||99|
|8||GIRLS GO RACING||Gregory Hickman||11||54kg||87|
|10||LA REMLAP||Joseph Pride||12=||54kg||85|
|12||NOBLE EDICT||Darren Smith||15||54kg||75|
|13||RIVA DE LAGO||Con Karakatsanis||14||54kg||78|
|14||TAHITIAN BLACK||David Pfieffer||16||54kg||74|