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Returning to racing in competitive form through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, trainer Robert Smerdon is confident the racing conditions and field confirmed for this weekend’s Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington will benefit classy mare Politeness.
Securing a commendable race record of three wins and as many minor places from her 15 competitive appearances on course to date, Politeness finished fourth in both the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) first-up this time in before a disappointing and luckless run for fifth in the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) behind leading Myer Classic contender Sweet Idea last time out.
Pleased with the allocation of the central barrier 10 for the 2014 Myer Classic, Smerdon is confident the Street Sense mare’s recent work and a largely pacey field will mean the difference in his runner find the line in the clear on Saturday.
“They stopped and started and it didn’t suit her,” Smerdon told The Age of Politeness’ run in the Tristarc Stakes.
“We have had this race in mind for the whole preparation and we are going to have her at her best on the day.
She has only had the one go at a mile and over-raced, but there looks to be enough pace for her on Saturday.
We really understand her well now and she is a much better horse, so we’ve got some hope in her.”
Performing well in her three-year-old season through the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, Politeness won two minors over 1200m and 1313m respectively before finishing third in each of the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) and Listed Lexus Hybrid Plate (1400m) most notably.
Returning in similarly competitive form in autumn, the mare out of Berengaria finished sixth in the Listed MSS Security Stakes (1100m) first-up before running a close second to Tango’s Daughter in a minor over 1300m and winning the Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes (1200m) on April 12th.
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