Caulfield’s Robert Smerdon is gearing up for the autumn return of a host of his top horses including Group 1 performed mare Politeness who will be aimed at the 2015 Coolmore Classic in mid-March.
While much of the pre-autumn hype surrounding the stable has been on Smerdon’s 2015 Australian Guineas-bound filly Fontein Ruby, he is also looking forward to the new campaign of his Street Sense four-year-old Politeness.
She’s been tested in Group 1 company once before during the spring but will be stepped up in class again this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival with Smerdon naming the $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 14 as a likely goal.
A winner of four of her 17 starts to date, the Japanese-owned Politeness was last seen posting a smart two length victory over Judicial Rock in the Group 3 Summoned Stakes (1500m) at Sandown-Hillside on November 15.
Before that she was competitive throughout Melbourne with her four other spring runs that included a seventh when beaten under two lengths by the upset Pat Hyland-trained winner Bonaria in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
The Summoned Stakes a fortnight later on Zipping Classic Day was Politeness’s second Group 3 victory following her top win from the outside barrier 18 draw in the PJ Bell Stakes (1200m), run on a Heavy (9) at Randwick, on April 12 that closed out her autumn carnival last year.
Smerdon put Politeness through her paces in a Sandown jumpout on Tuesday morning over 800m and was especially impressed with her efforts.
She finished sixth behind stablemate Shamal Wind in the sixth heat with Casey Bruce in the saddle.
“Politeness jumped on the speed and we were going to sit her off the pace but she landed there and Casey Bruce sat on her all the way,” Smerdon told Racing Victoria.
Smerdon named the $150,000 Group 3 Geoffrey Belmaine Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in mid-February on CF Orr Stakes Day as the first-up assignment for Politeness as she winds up for the Coolmore a month later in Sydney.
“She had a nice hit-out without doing too much and she’ll resume on February 14 in the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes against the mares,” he said.
“They don’t have much of a break after the spring so she’s maintained a lot of her residual fitness and is in great condition, I’m really happy with her and her main aim is the Coolmore Stakes (Classic) in Sydney.”
Along with his Turffontein filly Fontein Ruby who is now set to resume in the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 14 and Politeness, Smerdon also ran Shamal Wind and Under The Louvre at Sportingbet Park Sandown on Tuesday.
He has Shamal Wind heading towards a title defense in the Listed Doveton Stakes (1000m) at Sandown on Australia Day and Under The Louvre trialling at Cranbourne before a first-up Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) assignment at Caulfield on February 28.
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