Paul Duncan’s dual Group 1 winning Kiwi mare Say No More makes their Aussie debut at Doomben this Saturday as the smart five-year-old kicks off a campaign targeting the Myer Classic 2012 during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
The five-year-old daughter of Pentire scored their sixth career success from 11 starts back in early April when overcoming barrier 15 of 16 to narrowly defeat Fleur De Lune and win the Group 1 NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha.
That was her second elite level triumph with Say No More having earlier bolted away with the Group 1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) victory at Trentham during the summer, and the fourth Group 1 win for trainer Duncan who won the 2003 Wellington Cup with Oarsman and last year’s NZ Oaks with Midnight Oil.
Their impressive form Duncan that they were worthy of a trip across the ditch to join him down under this spring, the former Cambridge-based horseman having set up a new training base on the sunshine coast back in June.
“It was something I wanted to do for a while, to give it a go over here in Australia,” Duncan, who went from having 20 – 25 horses in Cambridge to around eight at his new Caloundra stables, said.
“She (Say No More) arrived in the first week of June and it’s been a nice slow build-up.
“She looks well and has thrived up here.”
Saturday Say No More resumes racing in the $80,000 Coca Cola Fillies & Mares Handicap (1350m) at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse, the first run in a new preparation that will hopefully produce Group 1 riches outside of NZ.
Allocated the hefty 61kg topweight with apprentice hoop Rosie Myers to ride them from gate three of nine, Say No More is the pronounced $2.80 favourite in the latest Doomben Race 4 odds at bookies around Australia.
They face a decent field too with their main dangers looking to be the Kris Lees-trained Cindarockinrella, Liam Birchely’s local Choisir mare Whateverwhenever and the Tony Gollan-trained Koranovsky.
The sky is the limit for Say No More this spring too with Duncan earlier nominating them for the 2012 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on October 27.
Their more realistic goal while in Australia this season however will be the $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) for fillies and mares at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day, Saturday November 3.
“Her aim is the Myer Classic in Melbourne so this is a starting point for her,” Duncan said of Saturday’s race.
“I know she’s got to carry a lot of weight which is not ideal but I want to start her off here and make sure all is well and then she can go interstate.”
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