Four-year-old mare Politeness will continue to race against her own sex this weekend in the Group 3 Summoned Stakes (1500m) at Sandown, making it her seventh consecutive race against fillies and mares.
She began with the Hilton Manufacturing (1300m) back in March which she finished runner-up before winning the Group 3 P.J. Bell Stakes (1200m) one month later.
After five months in the spelling paddock, the mare returned for a solid spring campaign in the Group 3 Sportingbet Sprint (1200m) and Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m), both of which she just missed out on a placing in fourth.
After the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m), in which the mare finished less than half a length off minor placing Catkins, Politeness enjoyed her first step up to Group One racing in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) on November 1. She settled in front of a few before coming up the middle of the track, running really well only two lengths behind the winner.
Politeness is also nominated for the Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m) on the same day as the Summoned but trainer Robert Smerdon doesn’t believe there’s any value in taking on the males at this stage.
“She hasn’t missed a beat since the Myer Classic, she has come along nice and this looks a perfect race for her,” Smerdon told TVN.
“There is forecast for some rain, the more the merrier with her, she loves the sting out of the ground.”
The mare enjoyed a jumpout on the course proper Tuesday morning, leading throughout to win her 800m heat in 47.12 seconds. She got straight to the front and led comfortably before being allowed to roll through her gears.
“There aren’t many better patches of turf than Sandown so it was ideal to take her there for a hit-out,” the trainer said.
“Down the back it is a straight run, no turns, no crossings, just a nice incline so it is perfect to work horses on.”
The 2014 Summoned Stakes, which has a field limit of 16 runners plus four emergencies, attracted a 30-strong field of nominations on Monday. The final field will be whittled down on Wednesday when the final field is released, with Politeness set to carry the top weight of 58kg in the race, one kilo more than she ran with in the 2014 Myer Classic.
The betting market for the 2014 Summoned Stakes will open shortly after the final field is released on Wednesday morning, so make sure your Ladbrokes.com.au account is up and running for the final day of the 2014 spring racing carnival calendar.