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Trainer Colin Scott is hopeful that Speediness can break his Group 1 duck when he contests the 2013 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington tomorrow.
Speediness has raced consistently at the highest level of racing during his 2013 Spring Racing Carnival campaign, finishing fourth in both the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m), but has been unable to record a breakthrough victory.
The son of Testa Rossa was narrowly denied by Guy Walter-trained Toydini in the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day and Scott told News Limited that his star galloper had come out of the race well and goes into the 2013 Emirates Stakes with every chance this weekend.
“If his track work comes through to the race, I think he’ll be more than competitive,” Scott said.
“I’m under no illusions you live and dream and at the moment I’m just doing that.
“He’s been close, but you can’t go on about could have been I suppose.”
One factor giving Speediness a big advantage in the Emirates Stakes is the fact that he will be receiving weight relief from Sacred Falls and Toydini, who in term are receiving weight-relief from raging favourite Boban.
Scott admits that the field is packed full of talent but is hopeful that the weight relief and the fact that he has been set for the race is enough to get Speediness over the line.
“With the turnabout in the weights, I really believe we are up to it in our ears,” Scott said.
“I know it’s a field of really good horses and there are also some nice up and comers right down in the weights, but I think my bloke has improved from the run at Moonee Valley and his work on Tuesday morning was exceptional.”
Speediness may be a six-year-old but Scott believes that there is still plenty of improvement left in the gelding and feels as though he will be an even better horse when he returns to race during the 2014 Autumn Racing Carnival.
“This horse has realistically got another autumn, another spring and another autumn left in him as he’s only been lightly raced,” Scott said.
“To me, the best is yet to come and I know it’s a strange thing to say about a six year-old, but I truly believe that because physically and mentally he has only just matured.”
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