The Doomben Cup 2018 takes centre stage in...
This Saturday on Doomben Cup Day Sydney’s Joe Pride will be hoping to see a return to form from his smart mare Miss Keepsake who races in the BTC Lord Mayor’s Cup 2012.
The Keeper five-year-old, formerly prepared in New Zealand by Andrew Scott and raced as My Keepsake, joined Pride’s Warwick Farm operation early last year but has won just one of her 18 starts for her new trainer.
That win came first-up at Kembla Grange on March 25 this year when she defeated Salade by two lengths over 1300m.
She backed up to run a game second behind superstar More Joyous in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill before her last start seventh when beaten two and a half lengths by Skyerush in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Sydney Cup Day.
“Through no fault of (jockey) Christian Reith’s, she was ridden upside and she doesn’t race well when she’s on top of the pace without any cover,” Pride said of Miss Keepsake’s run in the Emancipation.
“She’s better ridden back behind them like she was at her two previous starts which produced two really high rating runs, including a career best when second to More Joyous.”
Miss Keepsake is set to return this Saturday for the $115,000 Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1600m) where she is likely to face a crack field that could include fellow Kiwi gallopers Ginga Dude, Firebolt and St Germaine.
Pride also had Miss Keepsake nominated for Friday’s $180,000 Listed Scone Cup (1600m) as well as the $200,000 Listed Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) at Scone on Saturday, but based on her good record in Queensland opted for the Doomben race.
While it has been some time since she last raced in Queensland she is certainly no stranger to the sunshine state.
Back in her first preparation she had four starts in Queensland when winning back-to-back races at the Sunshine Coast before her big win in the 2010 Queensland Oaks.
After the break through Group 1 win in the Oaks Miss Keepsake went on to run a good third to Dariana in that year’s Queensland Derby, and it is that form that Pride is hoping to tap into on Saturday so she can notch up some black type wins for her new connections.
“She’s being sold a week after she runs on Saturday,” Pride said.
“She is being sold as a racing and breeding proposition and I would be more than happy if the new owner wanted to keep her under my care.”
The 2012 Lord Mayor’s Cup field, as well as the other Doomben race acceptances, is due out later today.
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