There is a strong chance that this Saturday’s 2013 Doomben Cup in Brisbane could be the farewell race for Grahame Begg’s classy Sydney mare Secret Admirer who vies for her third Group 1 victory before retirement.
While nothing is set in concrete Begg said the $500,000 Group 1 Kirks Doomben Cup (2000m) might just turn out to be the final start for his decorated Dubawi five-year-old.
A dual Group 1 champion having won the 2010 Flight Stakes at just her fourth career start and then the 2011 Epsom Handicap a year later, Secret Admirer has failed to win a race since her Epsom success.
“It could very well be,” Begg, who won his maiden Group 1 race with Eye Of The Sky in the 1990 Doomben Cup, said.
She has however been a very consistent force for the stables racing in a subsequent 15 Group 1 races for seven minor places.
During her current campaign the nearly $1.4 million earner has raced in four Group 1 features since late march, her most recent effort being a fifth to the injured Reliable Man in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on April 27.
Based on that form Begg is confident of improvement with Secret Admirer heading into the Doomben Cup 2013 this weekend which will be her maiden run in the sunshine state, the trainer hoping for a better run than her long price in the early markets suggests.
“I might be missing something but you would think the form out of the Queen Elizabeth Stakes would be good enough for her to figure on Saturday,” he said.
“She was good through the line coming along the inside of the track (last start).
Queensland hasn’t been getting much sunshine this week with heavy rainfall causing a currently wet track which Secret Admirer worked on Tuesday morning.
With fine weather on the horizon however the conditions are expected to improve ahead of Doomben Cup Day which will work in the mare’s favour.
“The course was very wet (on Tuesday),” Begg said.
“But she was the first one out and the forecast is for improving weather.”
The 2013 Doomben Cup field is due for release shortly and will be published right here at Races.com.au, final acceptors likely to include the likes of the Chris Waller-trained trio of Beaten Up, Danleigh and Foreteller along with sole three-year-old Hippopus from the Gai Waterhouse stables.
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