Secret Admirer Forgetten Horse in Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2012

Despite being rated with More Joyous as one of the favourites for last Saturday’s Doncaster, with such a star-studded 2012 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) field there has been little hype for Secret Admirer this week.

Secret Admirer

Secret Admirer will back up from the Doncaster to take on the stars in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes

The talented four-year-old will join glamour More Joyous in backing up seven days after last weekend’s prestigious event for a high quality Queen Elizabeth Stakes which has seen 12 horses nominated.

Of the 12 horses included in nominations, Secret Admirer is one of 10 Group 1 winners and trainer Grahame Begg said she well prepared and will have an easy lead up following her Doncaster eighth placing.

“She looks well and she’s done well since the run,” Begg said.

“We don’t need to do anything else. Just go steady…that’s all we’ve done every other year [when backing up].”

The four-year-old has shown she enjoys a short turnaround, with both her Group 1 victories coming on the back of just seven days recovery.

Begg said the Doncaster finish could be attributed to a lack of luck, with the four-year-old drawing wide and being forced to run without cover.

“She had no luck because she was five wide, might have been six wide, facing the breeze all the way down the back straight,” he said.

The competition gets no easier for the mare this Saturday with an all-star cast set to line up in the Randwick feature race including Americain, Manighar and Rangirangdoo.

Manighar is chasing a fourth consecutive victory at the elite level after impressing in some of the autumn’s biggest feature races.

The hot streak for the French gelding began in early March with victory in the Australian Cup before he went on to win the Ranvet Stakes and The BMW.

Trained by Peter Moody, the star import will have Damien Oliver in the saddle this weekend with regular jockey Luke Nolen on duty in Adelaide with wonder mare Black Caviar.

More Joyous has the chance to further her superstar credentials, having only run the Queen Elizabeth 2000-metre distance once when she finished fifth in the 2010 Cox Plate (2040m).

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