Confirmed alongside nine other leading stayers for the Caulfield feature race, co-trainer David Hayes has revealed results of the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) this weekend will determine a path for Stipulate through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.
Securing a strong and consistent total of three wins and eleven minor places from just 21 competitive race starts to date, Stipulate returned to the track for an impressive victory in the Listed Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock Stakes (1700m) on August 30th; finding the line two lengths in the clear of closest rival Brambles.
Conceding the Dansili gelding faces at much greater task in Group 1 company this weekend, Hayes revealed he has been pleased with the work produced by the five-year-old over the last week and leave the Underwood plan of attack entirely in the hands of confirmed jockey Dwayne Dunn.
“His track work at Lindsay Park during the week has been solid and we’ve just mirrored what we did going into his first run,” Hayes told Racing Victoria.
“We’re expecting a good run but are mindful that he’s going up significantly in class.
“The key to this horse is you have to get him to relax early in the race, if you dig him up early to try and take a position it doesn’t suit him.
“If he drew a barrier he could easily sit closer.”
Beginning his racing career under the guidance of late, great British trainer Sir Henry Cecil, Stipulate finished third in the Listed Ganton Stakes (1609m) and second in the Group 2 Celebration Mile (1600m) under the care of Lady Cecil before transferring to Hayes’ stable in late 2013.
Beating a single runner home in his Australian debut; the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) on November 9th, the gelding out of Indication steadily built to the task over three autumn starts, highlighted by a closely-run third in the Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m).
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