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After a foot abscess saw her scratched from her first-up assignment last weekend, John Thompson’s Group 1 winning mare First Seal is now set to return to racing at Randwick Racecourse in next month’s Tramway Stakes 2015.
Thompson had the daughter of Fastnet Rock accepted to make her four-year-old debut last Saturday in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) where she was dominating the betting through Ladbrokes.com.au to win.
She was a shock scratching from the weight-for-age feature with a vet certificate the morning of the race however after suffering from a foot abscess, which she is now recovering well from.
A revaluation of the mare’s spring campaign now sees her heading towards a run in the $175,000 Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Chelmsford Stakes Day, September 5.
To date First Seal has won over $835,000 in prize money, her most notable victory being in the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick last October.
She also finished runner-up to Hampton Court at her next start in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) capping off an ace spring.
Her autumn campaign earlier this year was also fruitful and included seconds in both the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill in March.
Last time out she ran sixth when beaten nearly five lengths by the Gai Waterhouse-trained Amanpour, who is also still yet to resume racing, in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on April 11.
James McDonald rode First Seal for her two end-of-campaign runs last prep, while Tommy Berry was booked for the Warwick Stakes ride.
Her regular rider pre-McDonald Blake Shinn turned down the ride to partner Waterhouse’s returning Doomben Cup winner and subsequent Warwick Stakes runner-up to the Chris Waller-trained mare Royal Descent, Pornichet.
It was confirmed this week by Thompson’s racing manager Robyn Hartney to Racenet Berry, who is yet to officially partner the four-time winner, will retain the ride in Saturday week’s Tramway Stakes.
“John had plenty of jockeys offering to ride First Seal in the Tramway but he thought that leaving Tommy on was the right thing to do,” Hartney said.
Berry also has two strong rides at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney this Saturday including aboard the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Redzel in the meeting’s feature – the $175,000 Group 2 The Run To The Rose (1200m).
Third in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) in the mud at Randwick after a win on debut during the autumn, Snitzel colt Redzel comes off a first-up fifth to Waller’s in-form Japonisme in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) from August 15.
Rosehill’s other Saturday black-type is the $100,000 Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m), and in that Berry is booked to partner Waterhouse’s Flying Spur six-year-old Spurtonic who chases his first win since January’s Magic Millions Cup on the Gold Coast.
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