Toorak Handicap-bound galloper Desert Jeuney will be accepted for the season’s first Group 1 in the Memsie Stakes 2015 on Saturday, but is still not 100% guaranteed of a run in the Caulfield classic.
Trainer Nigel Blackiston confirmed to Racing Ahead on RSN he was accepting for the Desert King six-year-old in the $400,000 Group 1 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) this weekend in Melbourne.
The weight-for-age feature however attracted 26 nominations on Monday and has a field capacity of just 16 starters plus four emergencies.
Rated on 99 in a star-studded list of entries that includes four-time Group 1 winner Boban from the stables of Chris Waller, Blackiston understands his gelding is in danger of being regulated to emergency status depending on the number of final acceptors.
As a back-up with the four time winner then the Flemington horseman also has Desert Jeuney, who was last seen running fifth of sixth runners behind Charmed Harmony over 1400m at his home track on August 8, entered for a 1400m handicap worth $90,000 at Saturday’s Memsie Stakes Day meeting.
“I’ll accept with him in the Memsie but if he is balloted or an emergency then I’ll also accept with him in the 1400m handicap,” Blackiston said, adding that the horse would wear a stallion chain in an attempt to correct his barrier stall issues.
Third in the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) at Moonee Valley last Cox Plate Day, Desert Jenuey hasn’t won a race since a 2000m handicap at Flemington way back in September of 2013 two years ago.
Blackiston is hoping the horse can break the drought this campaign with plans to target the $400,000 Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) over the mile at Caulfield on October 10.
Last spring Desert Jeuney ran a good third behind Trust In A Gust in the Toorak in his best run of that prep.
Desert Jeuney also holds a nomination for both the $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 17 and Moonee Valley’s $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) the following Saturday.
Of those two majors the former is the more likely target if the horse shows the right sort of form, Ladbrokes.com.au paying $101 in their futures Caulfield Cup odds for Desert Jeuney to score the upset.
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