Suavito Tackles 2015 Futurity Stakes First-Up

Suavito will take on weight-for-age company rather than her own sex when she resumes at Caulfield Racecourse this Saturday.

Suavito is set to resume in the Futurity Stakes at Caulfield.

Suavito is set to resume in the Futurity Stakes at Caulfield. Photo by Sarah Ebbett.

Trainer Nigel Blackiston had nominated the four-year-old mare for both the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) and Group 3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m) on Monday morning but decided running on less weight would be more beneficial in her first-up run.

“I could have run her in a mares race where she would be carrying 58 or 59 (kg) whereas at weight-for-age she’ll carry 55,” Blackiston told Sky Racing.

“I thought it was a better option to start her off in.”

Just eight sprint-mile runners were nominated for the 2015 Futurity Stakes, which is one of three Group One races running at Caulfield this weekend,  but that doesn’t mean it won’t be a hotly contested race.

Suavito will take on the likes of Dissident, Entirely Platinum, and Smokin’ Joey when she resumes this Saturday.

Dissident is already a four-time Group One winner and will be well-tipped to take out his fifth in the Futurity Stakes after winning over both the track and distance in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) on February 14. Entirely Platinum finished runner-up in the same race while Smokin’ Joey broke his winner’s hoodoo the same day in the Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m).

However Blackiston is confident Suavito can feature in the Futurity Stakes after enjoying a good break in the spelling paddock following the spring, putting on plenty of condition.

Her performance on Saturday will determine her second-up run with both the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on March 14 and the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill on the same day potential lead-up races to The Championships.

Either way Suavito will travel to Sydney in April, where she’s nominated for both the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) and the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.

“Whichever race we decide to run in will then lead us in to either the Doncaster or the Queen Of The Turf,” Blackiston said.

Suavito finished in the first three in five of her six starts last campaign, which included back-to-back wins in the Group 3 Eliza Park International Stakes (1600m) and the Group 2 Momentum Energy Stakes (2000m).

Damien Oliver rode the mare to victory both times and has been booked by Blackiston once again in the 2015 Futurity Stakes.

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