Trainer Richard Jolly believes that staying the 1600 metre trip for the first time won’t be a problem for Balaklava Cup (1600m) favourite Golden Penny.
Golden Penny will head into the Balaklava Cup this afternoon as a clear favourite after producing a career best performance to win the Listed Penny Edition Stakes (1400m) at Morphettville Parks on August 24.
The Blevic mare has never competed in a race longer than 1400 metres but Jolly has always been of the opinion that running out a strong mile would not be a concern for the six-year-old and believes his star galloper will be very difficult to beat.
“We always had the opinion she’d run it, but we’ve always got to the stage where she might’ve run a 1400m and there wasn’t a suitable mile race to run her in,” Jolly told The Advertiser.
“It wasn’t that we doubted she wouldn’t run it, it’s just we never got the opportunity.
“She certainly gives the impression now she’s an older mare that she’ll get it.
“She’s jumping out of her skin, I think she’s even improved a bit since the Penny Edition.
“You always need a bit of luck in these races, but she’s one of those mares, when she hits form, she holds it.
“I’m not overly confident, you never are of winning these races, but she’s one to beat.”
Golden Penny has competed at listed level on six occasions and before her last start victory in the Penny Edition Stakes she had never been victorious in a black type event.
She will be making her racing debut at Balaklava this afternoon although she has previously recorded a victory at Strathalbyn – another South Australian provincial venue.
Golden Penny will face a capacity field in the Balaklava Cup, with stiff competition expected from the in-form Little Akie, imported galloper Gris Caro and Chris Pollard-trained Igles Star.
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