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After failing to get into foal during her first season as a broodmare the Clarry Conners-trained Satin Shoes will be given another shot on the track this autumn carnival where she could be aimed at the 2014 Oakleigh Plate.
The rising six-year-old Flying Spur mare won six of her 27 starts before she bowed out in the winter of last year following a knee injury.
A gun two-year-old she won her opening three starts before a second in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) in March of 2011 and a ninth in that year’s $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m).
Things were hit and miss for Satin Shoes over the next couple of years however.
Highlights included her third to star colt Sepoy in the 2011 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) in Melbourne and a handful of Group 2 minor placings most recently to Red Tracer in the 2012 Premier Stakes.
Returning to form at Scone in May last year Satin Shoes won the Listed Ortensia Stakes (1100m) before what was originally her swansong race.
In her last turf appearance the mare was ninth behind Howmuchdoyouloveme in the Listed Lightning Stakes (1000m) in Brisbane in early June after which the decision was made to chase a stud career by owner Edmund Bateman.
Bateman made the call after Satin Shoes was trampled on during the Lightning Stakes and subsequently injuring her knee, an injury she’s since made a full recovery from.
Things there didn’t work out in the breeding barn however.
Satin Shoes failed to fall pregnant when served by five time Group 1 winner Pierro in his first season as a sire at Coolmore Stud.
She’s now returned to Conners’ stable at Warwick Farm gearing up for a return preparation where she’ll target the 1100m sprints, and the horseman couldn’t be happier to have her back.
“She’s beautiful, she’s sound and she has developed a bit more,” Conners told AAP this week.
“She failed to get in foal which means I have her back for one or possibly two campaigns.
“There are a lot of nice sprint races coming up and 1100 metres is a beautiful distance for her.”
It’s a distance she’s proven a specialist at with five victories from nine attempts.
Possible feature races the four times stakes winner could be set for then include the $400,000 Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield in Melbourne on February and or the $350,000 Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at home in Sydney at Rosehill on March 29.
“The Oakleigh Plate is there but it could be a bit soon,” Conners said.
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