An impressive piece of work the opposite way of racing at Flemington from Let’s Make Adeal this week has the mare’s trainer Nigel Blackiston confident heading towards the Brisbane Cup 2015 at Doomben Racecourse Saturday week.
The Flemington-based Blackiston has the $300,000 Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2200m) on Stradbroke Handicap Day, June 6, down as the next major assignment for his five-year-old daughter of Red Ransom who has to date won only three of her 27 starts.
Let’s Make Adeal has been in a purple patch of form this autumn however with Blackiston taking her to Adelaide at the start of the month.
There she kicked things off with a close second behind Atlantis Dream in the Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes (1600m) on May 2 before breaking a lengthy winning drought taking out the Listed Mittys Centaurea Stakes (2000m) with Craig Williams in the saddle at Morphettville on May 16.
That was her first win in nearly two years, Let’s Make Adeal last seen in the winner’s stall before that back in August of 2013 at Sandown-Lakeside over the mile.
Now Blackiston is hoping she can continue the good run and strike while the iron is hot up in Queensland for the Brisbane Cup, which will be her maiden run in the Sunshine State.
To help prepare her for her Brisbane debut Blackiston ran her the Queensland way of racing at her home track on Tuesday morning, the clockwise gallop happening over 1600m in a time of 1:52.76.
The opening 300m was at a soft pace before she picked up over the final 600m with a smart 36.89 sectional time, including 24.34 for the last 400m.
Also working the right-handed way at the Flemington gallops was the Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained Durendal, the Medaglia D’Oro three-year-old heading towards a run in the $100,000 Listed Queensland Day Handicap (1200m) at Doomben on Oaks Day this Saturday.
The progressive gelding has a good record of three wins, a second and two thirds from nine career runs so far including back-to-back Caulfield wins over 1200m this month.
His hitout was over 800m, the jockey letting him work comfortably when rolling over the final 400m in 26.53 seconds.
A total of 21 three-year-olds make up the Queensland Day Handicap nominations this year with other headliners including Darryl Hansen’s filly Burleigh Bullet coming off back-to-back 1200m wins, Chris Waller’s improver Good Project and Group 1 winner Peggy Jean.
All the Queensland Oaks Day race fields are out on Wednesday morning and will be published right here at Races.com.au so stay tuned.
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