Sydney’s continued wet weather and the likelihood of another rain-affected track at Rosehill Gardens on Golden Rose Day could force the connections of exciting staying mare La Amistad to bypass the 2014 Kingston Town Stakes in favour of a run in Melbourne on Saturday.
Prepared by Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes the three-quarter sister of triple Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva is dually nominated across two states for the weekend.
Her major aim is the $125,000 Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) in Sydney where a field of notable spring hopefuls will face off including Gai Waterhouse’s The Metropolitan-bound import Greatwood.
However Team Hawkes are skeptical to race Redoute’s Choice mare La Amistad on a Heavy track second-up, the five-year-old having resumed at Hawkesbury on August 21 when third to Mr Chard in the Listed Rowley Mile (1600m).
She’s never been on a Heavy track under race conditions but has run top three in all three of her starts on Slow ground, although none of those were a victory.
Winner of the Listed WJ McKell Cup (2400m) at Randwick on May 24, La Amistad heads towards a run in the $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup back over the mile and a half on October 18.
She pays $17 as the equal third pic at Ladbrokes.com.au in their all-in Caulfield Cup odds, a price that will firm if she can win this weekend.
There’s a chance however that connections will resort to Plan ‘B’ on Saturday and bypass the Kingston Town Stakes in favour of seeking firmer ground in Melbourne.
La Amistad is nominated at Flemington Racecourse, on the aptly named Makybe Diva Stakes Day, in the $100,000 Sofitel Girls’ Day Out 2000 (2000m) and the weather will determine where she lines-up.
“It all depends on the weather, it’s beautiful and sunny in Sydney at the moment and we’re hoping it stays like this all week,” co-trainer Michael Hawkes told Racing Victoria.
“The weather’s been really and up down and if it continues to be wet then more horses will go south to Melbourne.”
As her breeding suggests, La Amistad’s grand final aim this season is the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) back at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November.
In early Melbourne Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au she pays $21 to win in markets led by Gai Waterhouse’s Sydney Cup champ The Offer ($13).
To date La Amistad has had just the one unplaced run at Flemington and so an earlier look at the track on Saturday could actually work in her favour looking further ahead.
Saturday’s race fields are due for release on Wednesday with La Amistad to be accepted in both before a final decision on where she runs on the weekend to be made closer to race day.
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