Lightly-raced sprinter Unpretentious could contest the Group 1 2013 Black Caviar Lightning (1200m) on the way to his ultimate autumn goal of the 2013 Newmarket Handicap.
Trainer Nikki Burke has always had the Newmarket on March 9 pencilled in as the major target but is looking to give the four-year-old a lead-up race a few weeks prior to the prestigious sprint.
With the Lightning taking place on February 16, it comes at an ideal time with Burke also considering the Group 3 2013 Rubiton Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 9.
I’d like him to have a lead up run which ideally would be three to four weeks before the Newmarket to give him enough time to get over the run,” Burke told Racing Victoria.
The Cranbourne trainer will delay any definitive decision until after a trial on February 4 and will seek advice from world-class jockey Craig Williams who has ridden Unpretentious in all but one of his 10 career outings.
“I’ll just see how he trials first and what Craig Williams thinks before making any final decisions,” Burke said.
The Stratum gelding has come back well from a successful spring campaign where he won two of three starts including a breakthrough stakes victory in the Listed MSS Security Sprint (1200m).
With three victories from just 10 starts, Unpretentious is still relatively inexperienced, partly due to the fact he has had an injury-affected start to his young career.
But the raw sprinter is in good condition and Burke is as confident as ever heading into the 2013 Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.
“It’s all good at this stage, he looks better in himself than what he did in the Spring,” Burke said.
“He’s a lot stronger which hopefully means he’ll improve a little bit.”
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