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Bart & James Cummings could be tempted to shoot for a Blue Diamond Stakes 2015 win in Melbourne Saturday week with the aptly named Tempt Me Not who will stake her claims for a Group 1 bid with a run in Sydney on Wednesday.
The lightly-raced Strategic Maneuver filly has had two runs to date and lines up for a third time tomorrow at Royal Randwick in the first, the $40,000 ATC Employee Long Service Celebration Plate (1200m).
Ten two-year-olds remain in the race following the early scratching of the David Payne-trained More Than Fabulous, including Tempt Me Not in barrier eight for Hugh Bowman.
She debuted at the track last October running second after getting blocked for a run in the straight.
Badly held up, she probably should have won her debut when beaten one and a quarter lengths by Salerno.
A three and a half month spell to mature followed and she returned on January 31 at Rosehill Gardens in the Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m).
She went to the back early and sat four lengths off the leader before the bend.
Jockey Tommy Berry had her out the widest on the straight and while she briefly looked the winner in the final few strides she weakened and dropped out to run fifth just over a length off the winner Fireworks.
“Her condition just gave out there,” co-trainer James Cummings told Racenet this week.
“She’s definitely improved off that.”
Now she’s back in non-black type company on Wednesday looking to break her maiden status in a race that also features the likes of the John O’Shea-trained Chamarel and Magic Millions 2YO Classic graduate Surf Seeker.
If Tempt Me Not can win the mid-week sprint then Cummings said they would look at backing her up on February 28th with a trip to Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse running in the $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m).
The victory would take her earnings to almost $45,000 meaning she would become a sneaky chance to sneak up the prize money order of entry and make the cut in the classic.
“Anything is possible,” Cummings said.
“She’s still in the noms and a win would earn enough prize money to give her a chance of making the field, but that’s not to say she would definitely go down.
“She’s a smart filly and I think she can win on Wednesday, but whether she’s a Group I filly that can win at six furlongs, I am not sure.”
Futures Blue Diamond Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au are led by the undefeated Robert Smerdon-trained Fontiton at $2.50 after her smart come from behind win in the Group 2 Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude (1100m) over the weekend.
Tempt Me Not can be found further down those all-in Blue Diamond Stakes betting markets then at $34.
If Team Cummings opt not to take her down the Blue Diamond path, even with a win on Wednesday, her other major goal could be the $400,000 Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on April 18.
“She is probably more of a Baillieu, Fernhill type of filly, or ideally a Champagne Stakes,” Cummings said.
“And going forward, we will have a lovely three-year-old.”
The $150,000 Group 3 TL Baillieu Handicap (1400m) runs on The BMW Day at Rosehill on March 28 followed by the $150,000 Listed Fernhill Handicap (1600m) on April 11 during The Championships.
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