This Saturday at Caulfield Racecourse Nigel Blackiston has a trio from his Flemington stables resuming on PB Lawrence Stakes Day including two with possible Melbourne Cup 2014 ambitions.
Across three races Blackiston will saddle-up Spring Cups hopes Desert Jeuney and Let’s Make Adeal along with You’re So Good who is shaping up as a nice chance in the better mares’ races this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
He’s hoping all three can be among his spring stars and give the former Bart Cummings’ stable foreman his best ever carnival.
“We do seem to be in a good position,” Blackiston, who has only around 34 horses in work, told The Sydney Morning Herald this week.
“The three I’ve got in on Saturday have all trialled well, but they won’t clash this week. I think they’ve definitely got spring chances.
“Desert Jeuney and Let’s Make Adeal are very much in line for the Caulfield Cup and even the Melbourne Cup, whereas You’re So Good is probably looking for some better group mares’ races during the spring.
“I jumped out 11 horses last Friday and I couldn’t be happier the way the team are going.”
His Desert King gelding Desert Jeuney is engaged to take on Peter Moody’s triple Group 1 winner Moment Of Change along with last start Bletchingly Stakes winner Thiamandi in a star-studded edition of the $120,000 Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m).
They haven’t raced since April 19 when they ran nine lengths away eighth behind the Gai Waterhouse-trained The Offer in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) over the two miles at Randwick.
That followed a solid autumn that Blackiston is hoping they can improve on this time in as they target the $3 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 18 and possibly even a run in the world’s richest handicap on Tuesday November 4.
“I just need horses like Desert Jeuney to pick up a good early race so his ratings can improve and he can get a start in some even better races,” Blackiston said.
Desert Jeuney is a $101 roughie in early Caulfield Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au and hasn’t even been added into the markets for the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at this stage.
Their stablemate Let’s Make Adeal meanwhile runs first-up in Saturday’s feature race, the $200,000 Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) where Ladbrokes are offering money back up to $50 as a bonus bet if your horse runs second.
Drawn in gate two with Cox Plate winning hoop Chad Schofield to ride, the Red Ransom mare is also a Sydney Cup graduate having finished one better in seventh.
Before that she was also seventh behind current 2014 Cox Plate favourite Silent Achiever in the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill.
Paying $101 in Ladbrokes’ all-in Melbourne Cup odds, Let’s Make Adeal is shorter in Caulfield Cup markets at a current quote of $67.
That is sure to shorten if she can score an upset in the PB Lawrence Stakes in her five-year-old debut this weekend as she takes on the likes of Foreteller for Chris Waller, reigning champ Puissance De Lune and Peter Moody’s former Queensland Derby winner Brambles.
Blackiston’s third and final runner on the program meanwhile, You’re So Good runs in race nine – the $80,000 Australian Defence Force Handicap (1100m).
Schofield also partners with this daughter of Savabeel who races for the first time since a second last (11th) behind Driefontein in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) in Adelaide at the end of April.
She was competitive in both Melbourne and Sydney before that however and is on track for a run in something like the $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington this Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Also with Melbourne Cup ambitions for the trainer this spring though is Outback Joe who is back in work after a minor throat operation following their Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) win back in March.
Paying $126 to win the Melbourne Cup the Elvstroem seven-year-old is out to emulate their damn Let’s Elope who won both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups during her time on the track.
“He had a little bit of a hold up before he came into work, but he’s been in full training for eight weeks and hopefully he can have a trail or even a jump out in two or three weeks,” Blackiston said.
“He’s shown by winning the Adelaide Cup he’s got the ability to win over two miles and I’m sure he’s improved from the autumn until now.”
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