Trainer Nigel Blackiston is ready to take aim in the 2014 Turnbull Stakes with Let’s Make Adeal this Saturday, but first the mare has to make the field.
Currently sitting 26th in the ballot order for the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington Racecourse, Let’s Make Adeal will need to rely on the defection of others to make the maximum final field of 16 plus emergencies.
Luckily, there are a number of defectors expected when first acceptances are taken Wednesday morning.
While the Turnbull is Blackiston’s preferred option, the trainer will send his five-year-old to the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) the following week at Caulfield should she not make the Turnbull field.
Let’s Make Adeal’s competitive starts to the 2014 spring racing season leave much to be desired but she pleased Blackiston with an impressive workout on Tuesday.
The mare worked well over 1600m on the Flemington course proper in the company of multiple Group One winner Silent Achiever. She even managed to hold a slight margin over the New Zealand mare crossing the post.
“It was really good, solid work,” Blackiston said to Sky Racing.
“I think my mare is going really well and obviously Silent Achiever is a good mare. I’m just pleased with the way she is progressing and hopefully we can get into the Turnbull.”
Ultimately Blackiston has his eye on the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) for the mare, which both the Turnbull and Herbert Power carry a ballot exemption for.
Under the set weights plus penalties conditions of the Turnbull, Let’s Make Adeal has 52.5kg with James Winks set to ride.
The grand-daughter of Let’s Elope has failed to impress in her three starts this season, finishing end of the field in both the Group 2 Lawrence Stakes (1400m) and Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) while managing a sixth placing in the Heatherlie Handicap (1700m) at Caulfield Racecourse on August 30.
Blackiston believes the mare has what it takes; she just needs some luck on her side.
“She’s matured, she’s stronger. We just need a little bit of luck. But she never finds it, unfortunately,” he said.
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