After impressing her local Caulfield-based trainer Ciaron Maher with a first-up second last Saturday in non black-type company, Crown Oaks winner Set Square will get a fortnight between runs and race again at Flemington on Makybe Diva Stakes Day.
Maher is weighing up options on the Flemington race card on September 12 for his four-year-old Reset mare Set Square who finished a hard-hitting second just a neck off the winner Abidewithme in the $80,000 Cape Grim Beef Plate (1400m) last weekend.
“I was just rapt, it’s just great when they run well fresh,” Maher told Racing Victoria this week.
“Originally I’d aimed to kick her off in the P.B. Lawrence but I just thought she wasn’t quite there yet.
“We just gave her that little bit of extra time and she really rattled through the line.
“I’d say she’ll take a fair bit from it, she pulled up well so all is on track.”
A winner of three of her eight career starts to date, the $780,000 earner has finished out of the money just once when 11th to Fenway in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill in late March.
She is best known for her one and a half-length victory in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) at Flemington last Melbourne Cup Carnival in November at a track she will return to next start.
Maher will run Set Square in either an open handicap over the mile or the $400,000 Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) over the same distance at weight-for-age Saturday week.
“She’ll run on Makybe Diva Day,” he said.
“I’d probably like to run her in the handicap. She’s at a rating where she can take the opportunity and she can still run in a handicap being a mare and not being too badly weighted.”
From there the plan is to take her up in distance with a return to Victoria’s premier track on Sunday October 4 over the AFL Grand Final long weekend for the $500,000 Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m).
Her Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival grand final target though is at Caulfield Racecourse on October 17 where she’ll take on some of the world’s best staying types in the $3 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) over the mile and a half.
“I’d probably step her up to the Turnbull with the aim of having her pretty right for the Caulfield Cup,” Maher said.
In early Caulfield Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au Set Square pays $34 to become the first mare to win the classic since Southern Speed did it as a four-year-old in 2011.
The Turnbull Stakes is the most successful lead-up into the Caulfield Cup with 10 winners of the latter having come via it since 1990 including four to do the double.
The last Turnbull Stakes – Caulfield Cup double winner though was Elvstroem back in 2004.
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