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Cranbourne trainer Mick Kent is praying that the forecasted rain in Brisbane falls before Saturday’s Doomben 10,000 meeting to give his former Group 1 winning mare the best chance of success in the 2012 Premier’s Cup.
Redoute’s Choice four-year-old Absolutely is a known mudlark whose sole win from a 14 start career to date came on a Heavy (10) Randwick track for the 2011 AJC Australian Oaks.
She has failed to finish better than fifth in her seven starts since, most recently running four lengths away ninth to glamour mare More Joyous in the Doncaster Mile (1600m) on April 21.
Absolutely also hasn’t seen a rain affected track since her Oaks upset however, something Kent hopes will change for Saturday’s $125,000 Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2200m) when she makes her Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival debut.
Weather predictions are for as much as 25 millimeters of rain to fall over south east Queensland around Friday afternoon, and should this eventuate Kent’s continuation of Absolutely’s preparation could just pay off.
“We thought we’d follow the rain so we sent her up there after the Doncaster,” Kent said.
“She hasn’t raced for a month and whatever she does on Saturday she’s going to take a lot of improvement.
“There’s no doubt any rain will really help her.
“She doesn’t need a heavy track, only one with some give in it.”
A good run on Saturday and Absolutely will continue onto the $300,000 Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) at Eagle Farm on June 9, Stradbroke Handicap Day.
Kent is confident in the fitness of Absolutely despite her having missed last Saturday’s Doomben Cup due to a poor barrier draw, the mare winning a 1020m Doomben barrier trial on Tuesday ahead of Bianca Jewel in a time of 1:1.39.
“It won’t worry her,” Kent said of Absolutely having just one run leading into the Brisbane Cup.
“I was happy with her trial.
“She had a bad alley in the Doomben Cup and this looks a more suitable race for her.”
The 2012 Channel Seven Premier’s Cup field will be revealed later this morning and published right here at Races.com.au.
Likely topliners in the event include Brian Smith’s local Zabeel eight-year-old Hume and the Gerald Ryan-trained Ironstein who ran one two in the Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap on May 12; and the winning Warrnambool Cup quinella of Dance With Her and Domesky.
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