Following a disappointing first-up defeat earlier in the month and an injury scare last weekend, Colin Little’s Caulfield Cup hope Text’n Hurley is looking to win back the love of the punters on Memsie Stakes Day.
Last Saturday Little scratched the Hard Spun mare from a 1500m non-restricted handicap at Moonee Valley, subsequently won by Mourinho, after she suffered an ankle injury during a Friday track gallop.
Knocking her sesamoid bone during the run resulted in a sore ankle Little wanted to keep an eye on, a blow for punters ready to back her at the best prices through Ladbrokes.com.au.
The five-year-old looks to have recovered from the minor setback however and so will have a rescheduled second-up run against much tougher competition on the weekend.
A two and a half length winner of the Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley during a strong autumn campaign, Text’n Hurley returned off a five month let-off at Flemington on August 9.
She ran in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) first-up but was disappointing when finishing three lengths away seventh behind Joe Pride’s Group 1 The Galaxy winner Tiger Tees.
Known mudlark Tiger Tees backed up in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) on a Heavy (9) Randwick track last Saturday to win again, trumping the Aurie’s Star form.
Text’n Hurley meanwhile is nominated for three Caulfield races this Saturday with entries for two 1400m handicaps plus the $400,000 Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m).
The opening Group 1 of the 2014/15 racing season down under however is not the preferred option, her locally-based trainer saying they were looking instead at the open handicap over the same distance.
She galloped this morning at Caulfield and Little said so long as she pulled up okay from that run she would be there on Saturday Craig Williams in the saddle.
“She overreached in a gallop on Friday (last week) and she was a little sore near the back of her ankle,” Little told Racing Victoria.
“We took her down to the beach on Sunday and she seemed reasonably good this morning.
“It was an important gallop. Matty Lindsay rides her in her work all the time and he was happy with her.
“She did look a little bit round this morning, but it was probably because she’s missed the one gallop.
“All being well this afternoon we’ll front up on Saturday in the 1400m handicap.”
The main goal for Text’n Hurley this spring is the $3 million Group 1 Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 18.
Little remains confident she can still make it to that race despite her setback, the mare paying $34 in the latest Caulfield Cup odds at Ladbrokes, but that her program would have to be adjusted.
“We had a lovely program mapped out going into the Caulfield Cup if she was good enough but as it always happens something goes wrong and we’ll have to re-jig the whole thing now if she can get through Saturday,” he said.
The 2014 Memsie Stakes field meanwhile comes out on Wednesday morning and is set to feature a super-charged lined-up.
Eight individual Group 1 winners feature among the 16 entries including the Chris Waller-trained duo of Boban and Foreteller.
Other classy types set to line-up in the Memsie include Gai Waterhouse’s Group 2 Missile Stakes winner Sweet Idea, the horse she beat home in that race by one Messene and Melbourne Cup-bound NZ mare Silent Achiever who is the current Cox Plate betting favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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