This weekend in Sydney the Wyong-based Two Blue will shoot for back-to-back Rosehill wins on successive Saturdays with trainer Kristen Buchanan putting the mare on a short seven day turnaround into the 2015 Civic Stakes.
Last weekend at Rosehill Gardens the daughter of Dubleo enjoyed her first win of the year when jockey Paul King guided her to a half-length victory over the Chris Waller-trained Kristy Lee in the $85,000 Tab.Com.Au Handicap (1200m).
Carrying a notable 57.5kg on the Heavy (8) track, Two Blue did a solid job to win the race and salute in her seventh turf triumph at start number 30.
Hoping to build on that momentum, her trainer Buchanan will run the mare again back at the track this Saturday stepping her up to black-type company for a shot at the $100,000 Listed Civic Stakes (1350m).
Buchanan was convinced the mare could handle a short turnaround when in trackwork on Monday she nearly threw her trainer from her saddle during a sprightly run.
“She tried to buck me off, she is feeling that well,” Buchanan told The Daily Telegraph.
“So we have nominated her for the Civic Stakes on Saturday.
“She is on the quick back-up and I will just see how she does over the next couple of days. But it doesn’t look a bad race for her.”
The handicap clash has attracted 17 nominations with the early entries and Civic Stakes weights led by the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Dothraki (59.5kg), the Mossman four-year-old coming off a win in the Group 3 WJ Healy Stakes (1200m) at the Gold Coast from June 20.
Two Blue meanwhile will drop right back in the weights from her 57.5kg last weekend to the 54kg minimum in the Listed feature, a big advantage according to Buchanan whose faith in her galloper is strong even as a rising seven-year-old.
“She is a rising seven-year-old mare but she is still keen to race. She has that competitive streak,” Buchanan said.
Saturday will be Two Blue’s 10th run at Rosehill Racecourse, a track she has won twice at and also finished second at on two other occasions.
Supremely versatile, the mare handles all track conditions including the mud with a good Heavy track record (6-2-2-1) and strong performances on Soft going as well (8-3-2-1).
“The Civic Stakes is definitely an option because she enjoys the wet tracks at this time of year and races well at Rosehill,” Buchanan said.
The only bump in the Civic Stakes path for Buchanan is finding a replacement rider for King who is committed to ride Stayers Cup winner Lovethebeaches in the $150,000 Listed Queensland Cup (3200m) over the two miles at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.
After this weekend off-season options for Two Blue include a trip to Grafton Racecourse next week during the July Carnival for a shot at the $150,000 Listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m) on Wednesday.
“The Ramornie Handicap at Grafton next week is also in my thoughts. Then down the track, I’d like to aim her at the Mona Lisa Stakes and Tibbie Stakes in the spring.”
The $100,000 Listed Mona Lisa Stakes (1350m) runs at Wyong Racecourse on September 4 followed by Newcastle’s $125,000 Group 3 Tibbie Stakes (1400m) on Newcastle Gold Cup Day on September 18.
The official 2015 Civic Stakes final field and barrier draw is due for release on Wednesday morning so stay tuned.
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