While her trainer Lloyd Kennewell has declared her “spot on” for the shorter of the two Caulfield races Thiamandi has been nominated for this weekend not even he has confirmed which she will actually run in.
Morphettville-based Kennewell has nominated his Adelaide-trained mare Thiamandi for two stakes races on the Caulfield card on Saturday.
Her name appears in the entries for both the $120,000 Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m) and the $200,000 Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) where Ladbrokes.com.au is offering you money back as a bonus bet up to $50 if your selections is second over the line.
Kennewell though is waiting until Wednesday’s acceptances before making his final decision on which race the in-form Street Boss four-year-old will shoot for her Caulfield hat-trick in.
“It’s a tricky one because we think she would be competitive in either race so we’re going to leave it until tomorrow morning to decide,” he told AAP on Tuesday.
After winning second-up at home on June 28 Thiamandi travelled to Melbourne for a smart two length win against her own kind at Caulfield just seven days later over 1100m.
She was then stepped up in class and distance back at the track on July 26 and scored an upset win by a tidy two lengths as a 20-1 outsider in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m).
There she defeated plenty of nice types including runner-up Gig in a race where odds-on favourite Lord Of The Sky failed in once again finishing a distant fourth.
Now boasting a nice record of two wins from three starts at Caulfield she gets the chance to continue her good association at the course this weekend.
The Regal Roller Stakes is the first option where she gets into the handicap clash nicely on the 54kg minimum, weights led by Peter Moody’s triple Group 1 winner Moment Of Change on a hefty 62kg.
That’s a race and distance Kennewell is confident she can win ahead of more Group assignments later this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
He is however also tempted to stretch her out over the 1400m for the first time and really see how good a mare he has on her hands with a PB Lawrence Stakes run.
“I really think she can win the 1200 (metre race) and she might be able to win the 1400 (metre one) but I know she’s spot-on for the shorter race,” he said.
The weight-for-age conditions of the PB Lawrence would see her go up to 56.5kg as the lightest weighted runner in the race that features the likes of Chris Waller’s Group 1 champ Foreteller, Bletchingly Stakes runner-up Gig and Darren Weir’s defending winner Puissance De Lune.
She tuned up for the weekend Tuesday morning with a nice 1000m gallop at Morphettville with Joe Bowditch, who rides her on Saturday, in the saddle.
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