Mornington’s John McArdle will use a mid-week run at Moonee Valley on Wednesday as a guide to a possible Quezette Stakes 2015 run in Black-Type company next month for his progressive filly Grisbi’s Run.
The two-year-old daughter of Savoire Vivre has her fifth career start this afternoon racing in Moonee Valley Race 2 – the $35,000 Telstra Business Centre Dandenong Handicap (1000m) against a field of fellow juveniles.
Having won two of her previous four starts, both over the same 1000m distance with back-to-back victories at Geelong and then Ballarat respectively this campaign, Grisbi’s Run is allocated the 59kg top weight.
She is drawn midfield in the 10-starter race with WA-hoop Chris Parnham on board, Parnham having ridden her for both her recent winter wins where she carried 54kg and 56.5kg to victory.
It is a notable rise in weight then for the Moonee Valley race but one McArdle is hoping she can handle as she takes on the likes of the John O’Shea-trained Exceed And Excel filly Belhamage who ran fourth behind her last time out and Lee & Anthony Freedman’s winner on debut last month Burgundy Lass.
All going well and plans are for McArdle to step Grisbi’s Run up in class on August 15 at Caulfield Racecourse on PB Lawrence Stakes Day for a run in the $150,000 Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m).
“If she ran well then we’ll probably look towards the Quezette,” McArdle told AAP.
“While she’s rock hard fit some of those better fillies might not be.
“If she runs well we’ll have a crack at that and let it tell us where we stand in the scheme of things.”
The Quezette Stakes is an early Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival assignment for three-year-old fillies headed towards better races of the festival like the $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) back at the track on October 10 this year.
Last year’s Quezette Stakes winner was the Lee & Shannon Hope-trained Sabatini who went on to run third behind Amicus (1st) and Traveston Girl (2nd) in the Thousand Guineas three starts later.
McArdle is confident his filly can improve maturity-wise in the coming months and that he was slowly getting rid of her green racing traits.
Her only previous Moonee Valley start was on January 30 last year when sixth to fellow rival on Saturdya Belhamage over 1000m, a performance McArdle is happy to excuse.
“She galloped super leading into it,” McArdle said.
“And that was probably her race, that last bit of work.
“She’s come back well but still makes a fair few mistakes, but is now a more tougher, mature horse.”
Moonee Valley is currently rated a Heavy (8) and while Grisbi’s Run is yet to perform on a mud track, McArdle isn’t concerned based on her Ballarat win two weeks back on a Slow (6) course and her breeding.
“The Savoire Vivres, I’ve trained a lot of them, tend to enjoy a bit of cut in the ground and we’ll have those conditions at Moonee Valley,” he said.
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