New South Wales raider Uate needs a dry track at the Gold Coast on Saturday if they are to face a crack field of local hopes in the Gold Coast Guineas 2012 according to their Broadmeadow-based trainer Kris Lees.
Uate is dually nominated for Saturday across two states.
The Ad Valorem colt will head to Queensland for the $125,000 Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) if the rain stays away and the course firms after being a washout last Saturday.
If not then Lees will keep them at home for the $150,000 Listed Hawkesbury Schweppes Guineas (1400m) on the same day.
A winner of three of their nine starts to date, including the Group 3 Skyline Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm last March, Uate will be third up for the season on Saturday.
After a failed run when beaten over 17 lengths by the now overseas-raced superstar Sepoy in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington last Derby Day Uate was given a good four month break.
They resumed on March 24 at Rosehill with an eye-catching second beaten a nose by Title in the Listed Maurcie McCarten Stakes (1000m).
Their most recent run however was hampered by a Slow (60 Gosford track, Uate only managing to finish eight lengths away 10th to the winner Pampelonne in the Listed Gosford Guineas (1200m).
The Gosford Guineas was the third time Uate encountered a wet track and the third time they didn’t handle it, Lees adamant they wouldn’t run on Slow or worse again.
“Uate won’t be running on anything slow or worse again,” he said.
“He has failed every time he has run in those conditions.”
With the Gold Coast meeting cancelled last Saturday due to the muddy conditions, and Hawkesbury currently in the Dead range, Lees said that there was a chance Uate would be saved for a dry track and would bypass both weekend Guineas.
“He’s not at his best when the tracks are wet,” Lees said.
“Hawkesbury is already in the dead range and the Gold Coast was off last Saturday, so that is a worry.
“The forecast isn’t the best for both places, so there is a chance Uate won’t run at all on Saturday.”
If they go to the 2012 Gold Coast Guineas they will face a top field that is likely to include the resuming local Magic Millions Guineas winner Punch On, last-start Mick Dittman Plate winner Easy Running and the Noel Doyle-trained Biggles.
In the Hawkesbury Guineas Uate’s main rivals could include the Peter Snowden-trained Group 2 winner Pied A Terre, Phar Lap Stakes champ Colorado Claire and Gai Waterhouse’s undefeated More Than Ready gelding Landing.
Acceptances for both the Gold Coast Guineas and Hawkesbury Guineas are due out on Wednesday.
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