The Listed Ballarat Cup (2200m) is the stand-alone Saturday program at Ballarat Racecourse this Saturday, with Robert Smerdon planning to deliver a two-pronged attack on the race.
The trainer will be represented in the $200,000 race by Spinderbella and Electric Fusion.
Spinderbella is a last start winner of the LF Sign Group Handicap (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 24. The mare was scratched from the Group 2 Momentum Energy Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day but Smerdon has reassured there is no issue with the five-year-old; it was due to firm ground.
“She’s going well I just pulled her out of the Matriarch (Momentum) because the ground was too firm for her,” Smerdon told Racing Victoria.
“She has been racing in terrific form and her record is really good, she’s won five out of nine starts and is particularly good beyond 1600.
“She will be down in the weights and without being able to pre-empt what else will be there, I would have thought she would be pretty competitive.”
Spinderbella has only finished outside the first three twice in her nine career starts and not since September last year. The mare has found plenty of success over the distance of the 2014 Ballarat Cup but has yet to make the step up to black-type racing.
Electric Fusion’s form is the opposite of Spinderbella’s. The five-year-old gelding enjoyed success during the summer season but failed to place in any of his six starts this spring preparation, including three listed races.
The gelding enjoyed a runner-up finish in the 2013 Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) as well as four consecutive first three finishes during last summer.
Smerdon believes Electric Fusion can turn his form around and return to his best with a step up in distance and drop in weight.
“Electric Fusion has been racing a bit plain lately but Dwayne Dunn’s suggestion was to take him out further in distance and get him down in the weights a bit,” the trainer said.
“If he could get back to anywhere near his three-year-old form running second behind Hawkspur in a Queensland Derby he’d be very competitive here.
“He looks good at the moment and his work’s good so if the formula that Dwayne Dunn has indicated has merit to it then he’ll line up quite well there.”
Nominations for the 2014 Ballarat Cup close at 12:00pm (AEDT) today, so check back at Races.com.au for the full field later in the day.
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