The Memsie Stakes 2015 at Caulfield Racecourse at the end of the month is shaping up as a nice first-up run for Ciaron Maher’s Group 1 winning mare Set Square.
Maher is unlikely to accept for the Reset four-year-old in this Saturday’s $200,000 Group 2 Back to Caulfield P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) despite Set Square being nominated for the weight-for-age feature in Melbourne.
Instead she is likely to be saved for August 29 with a run in the season’s opening elite level – the $400,000 Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) also held at Caulfield, with Maher looking to give her another trial before she resumes.
Set Square has had seven starts for a hat-trick of wins to date and is best known for her victory in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) at Flemington last November during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
This Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival she will look to add to her Group 1 record straight away with the Memsie Stakes, a race won last year by the since retired Peter Moody-trained Dissident.
The mare had two good early autumn runs last campaign when runner-up to Sweet And Speedy first-up in the Group 3 The Vanity (1400m) at Flemington on February 21 and a third to Noble Protector in the Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m) in mid-March.
Her latest start however was a disappointing 11th to Fenway in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) in her Sydney debut at Rosehill on March 28 as a $10 chance ridden by Craig Williams.
She trialled on Monday at Cranbourne in the second heat of the morning over 800m on a Heavy track and finished dead last (10th) behind he Ken Keys-trained Rich Enuff who saluted in a smart 48.31 seconds ahead of his first-up run on Memsie Stakes Day in the $150,000 Group 3 The Heath 1100 (1100m).
The below par hit-out showed Maher that Set Square wasn’t quite race fit and needed another trial before hitting the spring races.
“She was good,” Maher told AAP.
“It was a pretty quick trial. She got back and it’s hard to make up ground in a short trial on that sort of ground.
“[Jockey] Mark Zahra said she was good through the line and she’ll have another trial at Cranbourne in a fortnight.
“She’ll probably resume in the Memsie.
“I just felt she probably needs another trial to bring her up to match practice.
“She’s a stronger, more mature mare now.”
The long term spring assignment for Set Square after the Memsie Stakes run is the lucrative $3 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) over the mile and a half on October 17.
Futures Caulfield Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au is currently led by the Japanese-trained raider Fame Game ($13) and Kiwi youngster Mongolian Khan ($13) who won the Australian Derby down under during the autumn.
Set Square meanwhile is listed as a current $34 shot in the all-in Caulfield Cup odds to become the first mare to win the race since Southern Speed (2011).
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