Connections of flying Snippetson three-year-old Right Time may not be accepting them for the 2012 Beaufine Stakes at Belmont Park in WA this Saturday due to a notable ratings penalty waiting for them should they win the feature.
The gelding is one of 12 horses still in contention for the $80,000 Listed Beaufine Stakes (1000m), the final field to be released by Perth Racing later this afternoon.
Despite being one of the top chances in the sprint showdown Right Time could bypass the Beaufine as a win would attract a ratings penalty of around 10 points to 97 according to chief handicapper David Hunter.
A black type debut in the Beaufine Stakes came onto the cards for Right Time after they ran away to win a benchmark 74 over the track and distance on July 14 having overcome barrier 15 (of 16) which was their sixth victory from 16 starts to date.
“There’s a 74-plus rating race over 1000-metres the following Saturday which he would get 60.5kg in and we would use a three kilogram claimer,” Right Time’s trainer Paul Jordan said yesterday.
“That’s something we’re considering.
“The difference in first prize money is only a bit more than $20,000 between that and the Beaufine.
“I’ll talk with the owners and a decision will be made in the morning.”
If they do accept for the Beaufine Stakes field Right Time is likely to be ridden by Craig Staples who has been aboard for eight of their official career starts for two victories.
Among the other big name Beaufine Stakes 2012 nominees this year are rising 11-year-old veteran Hadabeclorka, the Chris Gangemi-trained WATC Stakes winner Werd and Jim Taylor’s consistent Oratoria mare Latoria.
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