Young Victorian filly Inflection will run in a three-year-olds maiden at Sandown today in the hopes of scoring her breakthrough victory ahead of a possible shot at the 2013 Australasian Oaks in Adelaide next month.
The John Sadler-trained Shamardal three-year-old will line-up in her third career start in the $35,000 Caulfield Easter Saturday Plate (1800m) having run second at her two runs so far at Seymour (1200m) and Ballarat (1400m) respectively.
Tipped to improve over more distance going up to the 1800m today, Inflection is drawn in gate two with regular rider Jamie Mott maintaining the ride with the only concern for Sadler being the firm Sandown track.
“She’s going to be a nice staying filly,” Sadler said.
“Ideally I would like there to be a little jar out of the ground for her.
“The boys that ride her in work think she’s much better with a bit of give in the track, and we might not get that.”
If all goes to plan and she runs well at Sandown and continues to progress then Sadler will seriously consider taking her to Morphettville on April 27 for a shot at the $400,000 Schweppes Oaks (2000m).
“That is an option but she would want to be winning this race,” Sadler said.
“When you get any three-year-old that shows you a bit at home and runs a couple of nice races, then you’ve got to nominate them for those races because they don’t get another chance.
“They are only three once.”
Should a trip to South Australia eventuate then a nice Schweppes Oaks lead-up would be the Group 3 Auraria Stakes (1800m) at the same track a fortnight earlier which last year’s Australaisan Oaks winner Invest ran fourth in prior to her Group 1 success.
Sadler will also look at continuing onto the Group 3 SA Fillies Classic, formerly the SA Oaks, over 2500m another two weeks after the Australasian Oaks on May 11.
Inflection is also currently nominated for the $550,000 Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Sydney’s Royal Randwick on the same day as the Schweppes Oaks, but Sadler has confirmed the shorter distance of the Adelaide Classic looks more suitable for the lightly-raced filly.
She still features in the futures Australian Oaks odds however at $101.
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