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After being nominated for the sole black type in Melbourne this weekend, the Rick Hore-Lacy-trained grey Chase The Rainbow could still miss the Doveton Stakes 2013 at Caulfield Racecourse.
The local Dash For Cash stallion, a $90,000 yearling buy, has had only seven starts with injury and setback stalling their career following a successful start back in 2011.
They enjoyed three wins from their opening six assignments that spring, including a Group 2 Bill Stutt Stakes victory over the Moonee Valley mile.
Things went amiss when the then three-year-old was stepped up in class for a shot at the 2011 Group 1 Caulfield Guineas where they could only manage to finish 10 lengths away seventh.
After defeating just one rival in the race won by the Peter Snowden-trained Helmet, Chase The Rainbow was found to be lame and spent nearly 11 months on the sidelines.
It was a lengthy break but they returned from it in fine style last September.
Racing back home at Caulfield the galloper put a big three and a half lengths on their closest rival, Dusty Star, to win a 1400m open handicap.
A suspensory ligament injury however forced Hore-Lacy to shelve their future racing plans until last month when they had two nice Cranbourne trials, the most recent of which they won by three lengths over 990m on November 25.
Hore-Lacy is now weighing up options for their next run and admits they are far from a certain starter in Saturday’s $120,000 Listed Doveton Stakes (1000m).
“We’re thinking about it but we haven’t finally decided,” Hore-Lacy told AAP on Tuesday.
“We’ll accept and then decide whether to run, or just run him first-up in the Standish Handicap.
“He’s a good horse and I think he’ll have a good innings. But we just haven’t decided whether or not to run.”
The $150,000 Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m) runs at Flemington Racecourse on New Year’s Day.
There were a total of 20 Doveton Stakes nominations taken this year, Chase The Rainbow the equal 60kg top weight with the in-form Vatican.
It’s a decent collection of late season sprinters in the mix too with other notable hopes including the consistent Brian Cox-trained Sumakaray and three for trainer Mick Price including his stakes winning Bel Esprit mare Loveyamadly.
Price has officially accepted for all three of his Doveton Stakes entries rounded out by Fastnet Rock mare Halle Rocks and Hard Spun four-year-old Vicario.
Jockeys have also been confirmed for the three stablemates with Dale Smith retaining the ride on Loveyamadly, Melbourne Cup winning hoop Damien Oliver on Halle Rocks and Vicario to be ridden by Daniel Moor.
The 2013 Doveton Stakes final field and barrier draw are due for release on Wednesday and will be published right here at Races.com.au.
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