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After impressing trainer Peter Snowden in a Warwick Farm track workout this morning Group 1 winning mare Beaded has put her retirement on hold and will take her spot in the BTC Cup 2012 field at Doomben this Saturday.
The Lonhro mare was one of the most consistent runners getting around until two poor runs back in March.
Winner of the Doomben 10,000 last Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival Beaded also racked up two Group 1 second placings in the Stradbroke Handicap and Tattersall’s Tiara this time last year.
She resumed in February to run a credible second behind Steps In Time at Warwick Farm in the Group 2 NSW Thoroughbred Breeders Classic (1200m) but then failed in her next two assignments.
Finishing outside the top three for just the second time ever, and outside the top four for the first time, Beaded could only manage to run 11th to Hay List in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on March 120.
Her next run was another frustration when she was beaten six lengths when crossing fifth to Foxwedge in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m).
Snowden has kept the now six-year-old in work since then but said Beaded would be retired immediately if she did not work well in a track gallop today.
She did enough however and will be given her chance to atone for her poor recent form when she takes on Rob Heathcote’s gun local galloper Buffering in the $400,000 Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) this Saturday.
“Her last two runs were below what Beaded normally does,” Snowden said.
“I wanted to see her work this morning to see if she was back and I was happy with her work.
“At this stage she’ll be going to Brisbane.
“She pulled up well after her gallop.
“She’s an older mare now and she owes us nothing.
“It won’t be because of her fitness if she’s beaten on Saturday.
“It’s a matter of whether she’s still got the zest for racing.”
If successful in completing a magic form reversal with an upset win Beaded will become the oldest BTC Cup winning mare since the event was first run under weight-for-age conditions back in 1991.
The oldest mares to win were five at the time with local Queenslander Seawinne (1995) and New Zealand raider Gee I Jane (2006) sharing the honours.
There is a chance that Beaded will also continue on in Brisbane after Saturday to defend her crown in the lucrative $650,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) on May 26.
Doomben 10,000 odds at bookmaker.com.au are currently led by Buffering ($3.70) while Beaded is rated an $11 chance of going back-to-back in the classic.
Other notable chances in the 2012 BTC Cup, a race won 12 months ago by the mighty Black Caviar who will be in Adelaide on Saturday vying for her 21st consecutive turf triumph in the $500,000 Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m), include the Tony Gollan-trained The Galaxy winner Temple Of Boom and Heathcote’s other hopeful Woorim.
The 2012 BTC Cup field and barriers are due for release tomorrow, so stay tuned to Races.com.au.
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