Last spring’s Crown Oaks winning filly Set Square is set to target an even bigger Group 1 classic in Melbourne this season with trainer Ciaron Maher setting his “natural stayer” on the Caulfield Cup 2015 path.
A rising four-year-old daughter of Reset, young Set Square hit headlines last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival when beating home Thunder Lady by one and a half lengths to win the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) in November at Flemington at just her fourth career start.
She was placed in Group 3 company twice upon her autumn return at Flemington before things went amiss last time out in her Sydney debut on March 28 when Set Square could only manage to finish five lengths away 11th to Fenway in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill.
Sent for a spell after the Vinery disappointment, Set Square returns to the stable this week after a month in pre-training and is impressing Maher with how she has come through the break.
“She’s done her pre-training – a bit over four weeks down at Warrnambool on the beach,” Maher told Racing Ahead on RSN.
“She comes back to Melbourne this week.”
Having shown natural ability over the 2500m in winning the Oaks, Maher is confident she can develop into a genuine staying type again this campaign and he plans to take advantage targeting her for the $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 17.
“She’s going to be on a Caulfield Cup campaign,” he said.
“That’ll be a target for her and beyond that we’ll see how we go.”
The last mare to beat home the boys in the Caulfield Cup was Adelaide visitor Southern Speed back in 2011, something Maher hopes to change this season after a stellar winter with another of his stable stars Srikandi who won the Stradbroke Handicap – Tattersall’s Tiara double in Queensland.
Maher will run Set Square in the Caulfield Cup fourth-up with three lead-up runs in mind for the filly who is currently rated a $34 chance in the futures Caulfield Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au led by Hartnell and Mongolian Khan at $13.
“She’s developed a bit on from her three-year-old campaign,” he said.
“She’s a real natural stayer and she’s qualified for all those races so I’m really looking forward to getting her back to the stables.”
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