Flemington horseman Nigel Blackiston has confirmed plans to run his Caulfield Cup-nominated mare Let’s Make Adeal first-up in the 2015 Slickpix Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse this weekend.
The six-year-old daughter of Red Ransom is officially nominated for both the $120,000 Listed Slickpix Stakes (1700m) as well as the season’s opening elite level race – the $400,000 Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) in Melbourne on the weekend.
While the Memsie Stakes and the prize money on offer in the Group 1 is an attractive option, Blackiston will accept for the Slickpix Stakes instead due to the more suitable distance in a race her trainer believes she is a genuine winning chance in.
“I think the 1700m will be perfect for her first up so that’s the way we’re heading,” Blackiston told Racing Ahead on RSN.
“She had a nice, light autumn preparation with just the three runs and she had a nice two-week break in Brisbane and she’s carried that lovely form back to Melbourne and is in great order.
“Obviously Caulfield being a tight turning track isn’t going to be ideal for her and she’s had a few near misses there but if she can have any luck then I think that she’ll run very well.
“Without wanting to sound too cocky, I think she can win.”
To date Let’s Make Adeal, who will be ridden by Dwayne Dunn this weekend, has won three of her 28 career starts, the latest of which was a black-type over 2000m at Morphettville in Adelaide back in May.
She was last seen in Doomben finishing a brave fourth when beaten only a length by the winner Jetset Lad in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2200m) on June 6.
Having won one of her previous six first-up runs, she returns on the weekend tracking towards some tougher Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival assignments.
She was competitive during the spring of 2013 in Melbourne with a fourth to Foreteller in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington as a 30/1 shot and fourth two runs later at Caulfield in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m).
Her spring campaign last year wasn’t quite as consistent and was headlined by her third to Big Memory in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) where she beat home subsequent Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist (4th).
Options for the mare this season include Sydney’s $750,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick on October 3, for which she was nominated for on Monday, and the $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) in Melbourne on October 17.
Blackiston also threw in a $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) nomination for her at Moonee Valley on October 24, but confirmed the Caulfield Cup and then $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on Tuesday November 3 were her primary goals.
“She’ll head towards the Naturalism Stakes then after that there’s races like the Herbert Power, The Bart Cummings and possibly even the Turnbull Stakes,” he said.
The $150,000 Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) runs at Caulfield on September 19 followed by the $200,000 Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) back at the track on October 10.
A race offering a Melbourne Cup ballot exemption to the winner for the first time this year, the lucrative $300,000 Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2500m) runs at Flemington on October 4 while the $500,000 Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) is held at the same meeting on the AFL Grand Final weekend.
Let’s Make Adeal is an $81 Caulfield Cup chance in futures betting at Ladbrokes.com.au and is shorter at $51 to win the Melbourne Cup.
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