Politeness Set for How Now Stakes 2015 Return

September 16, 2015

Politeness Set for How Now Stakes 2015 Return

Local Caulfield horseman Robert Smerdon gave his Group 1 performed mare Politeness a quiet but telling workout at her home track on Tuesday ahead of her highly anticipated return at the same course in Saturday’s 2015 How Now Stakes.


Politeness will look to improve on her fourth last year when resuming in Saturday’s 2015 How Now Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell.

A multiple Group winning daughter of Street Sense, Politeness is set to make her five-year-old debut at Caulfield Racecourse this weekend running first-up in the mares-only $150,000 Group 3 William Hill Sprint Series Heat 2 Stakes (1200m) – formerly known as the How Now Stakes.

She has won two of her six previous resuming runs over a 23-start career and shoots for her first win since taking out the Listed Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m), also run at Caulfield, first-up back in April.

Since then she’s failed to finish better than sixth and was most recently seen rounding out a soft campaign at the Gold Coast on June 20 when a disappointing 10th behind the Ciaron Maher-trained Srikandi in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m).

Smerdon gave her an official Cranbourne trial over 990m in the wet last Friday where Politeness ran second to Turfane, and put her through her paces again yesterday before her How Now assignment where Mark Zahra will take the ride.

“Her trial meant she didn’t do a lot this morning but she worked over five furlongs (1000m) and ran home her last two (400m) on the bit,” Smerdon told Racenet on Tuesday.

“We didn’t think she needed a tough morning because she’s a fresh horse anyway.

“She trialled really well at Cranbourne so she’s going the right way towards her first-up run.”

Smerdon is happy with the compressed weight scale in the set weights plus penalties showdown where his mare will carry 57kg, a full kilo under the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained Hazard who comes off a Cockram Stakes second.

“It should suit Politeness because she’s won two Group III races and a Listed race,” he said.

“The weights have actually worked out pretty well for that top end (in the ratings) because there’s not much between them.”

Politeness also kicked off her Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival campaign last season in the same race crossing under half a length away fourth behind Girl Guide in a blanket finish.

The David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained reigning How Now Stakes winner Girl Guide is nominated to defend her title this weekend after a first-up eighth when under two lengths off Madam Gangster in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) on Memsie Stakes Day, August 29.

Hayes & Dabernig could also be represented by Miss Promiscuity in their bid at back-to-back How Now Stakes titles, the in-form Magnus five-year-old having won the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) in early July before a third last time out to Bounding in the Group 3 The Heath (1100m).

Get behind your favourites across the Caulfield race card on Saturday online through Ladbrokes.com.au and enjoy having your first deposit matched dollar for dollar up to $500 when you first sign-up, deposit and quote the code SPRINGBONUS!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

All Aged to The Everest 2018 f...

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Grand Fin...

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Grand Final for The Everest Bound Redzel

Inaugural The Everest champion Redzel has been specifically set for an autumn...

Daysee Doom Heads 2018 Emancip...

Daysee Doom Heads 2018 Emancipation Stakes Field & Betting

Ron Quinton’s flying five-year-old Daysee Doom is tipped as the mare to beat...

Winx To Climb The Everest 2018...

Winx To Climb The Everest 2018?

Winx next race? It’s the question always on the horizon after she leaves her...

Written By Is The 2018 Ladbrok...

Written By Is The 2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Winner

The well-supported, clear Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes 2018 favourite Written...

Horse Racing Today

Victorian filly So Far Sokool ...

Gai’s 2 head the list of...

Gai’s 2 head the list of nominations for the 2018 Japan Racing Association Plate

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Ecuador and Arbeitsam head up the...

Single Gaze looking to the fut...

Single Gaze looking to the future as a brood mare, out of 2018 Sydney Cup

Group 1 winning mare Single Gaze will begin preparations for the upcoming...

Savvy Coup looking for another...

Savvy Coup looking for another Kiwi win in 2018 Australian Oaks

Savvy Coup will be trying to keep the Kiwi fillies strong winning record...

Oliver back aboard Almandin in...

Oliver back aboard Almandin in 2018 Sydney Cup

Damien Oliver has found himself back on Melbourne Cup winner Almandin who is...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field