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A standout performer and unlucky not to break through for a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing through the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, trainer Colin Scott has revealed he is confident of another strong and successful season for Speediness ahead of his racing resumption in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) this weekend.
Securing a commendable total of seven wins and ten minor places from 33 competitive starts so far, Speediness has not been seen at the races since finishing eleventh in the rain-soaked Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on Day 1 of The Championships.
Aiming to claim back-to-back victories in the Bobbie Lewis Quality after taking out the 2013 edition of the event, Scott told the Herald Sun Speediness’s performances for minor placings in Group 1 features was frustrating in 2013, but is expecting a polished first-up performance this weekend.
“It was frustrating because he raced so well without nabbing the Group 1,” Scott said.
“So we go again. He is still enjoying his racing, he is fit and sound and happy and for a seven-year-old he is lightly raced.
“He has trialled well and he has a good first-up record. He needs a genuine pace in the race, and although he is up in the weight from last year he is only half a kilo over weight-for-age.
“I expect a bold showing to be honest.”
Returning to racing with victory in the Bobbie Lewis first-up last spring, Speediness was unlucky to finish just outside the places in both the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) before placing second in the Group 2 Crytal Mile and third in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m).
Steadily building to the task over five starts in autumn, the Testa Rossa gelding finished sixth in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) and second in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m), and while unlucky to be blocked for a run in the final straight of the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m), returned to scintillating form when second in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) just two weeks before the Doncaster Mile.
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