Caulfield trainer John Sadler has confirmed his progressive mare Japhils will be sent to the paddock to spell after her season swansong at Sandown in Saturday’s Summoned Stakes 2015.
A dual nominee on Zipping Classic Day at Sandown Hillside this weekend, the four-year-old daughter of Choisir will run against her own kind at set weights plus penalties in the $150,000 Group 3 Le Pine Funerals Summoned Stakes (1500m) instead of a weight-for-age run against the boys in the $150,000 Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m).
Twenty-seven mares are nominated for the Summoned Stakes this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival including a host of in-form types rounding out their preparations.
Sadler’s runner Japhils has won three from 13 to date, her sole black-type success being in the Listed Nitschke Stakes (1400m) in Adelaide back in April.
Her Melbourne form has been strong this campaign though including a second to Afleet Esprit at Caulfield on Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day in late September when beaten a mere short half-head over 1100m in a mares’ Benchmark 90 clash.
Last start at Flemington on Crown Oaks Day, November 5, Japhils raced in the Group 3 G.H. Mumm Stakes (1100m) on a Heavy-rated track.
She handled the going better than many and was far from disgraced when crossing just over a length off the winner Pittsburgh Flyer.
On the weekend she races at the Sandown track for the second time after a disappointing eight of nine runners there back in March over 1300m.
With winning form up to 1400m, Sadler hopes Japhils will enjoy the 1500m even though she rises notable in distance off her lead-up run, the mare having been tested over a mile (1600m) three times during the winter.
Among those runs was a fifth when beaten only one and a half lengths in Morphettville’s Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes (1600m).
She has been without a decent break since February and Sadler is more than happy to turn her out ahead of an autumn return after Saturday’s run.
Sadler will have three Zipping Classic Day runners on the weekend headlined by Charmed Harmony in the $150,000 Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m).
A six-year-old son of Hussonet, Charmed Harmony was fifth two back in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) when narrowly beaten by the winner Stratum Star before a battling fourth in the Group 3 Guvera Stakes (1400m) on Victoria Derby Day.
Sadler was impressed with that effort and while the horse is in form and showing no signs of “having had enough”, he is happy to give him one final run.
Also representing the stable is fellow six-year-old Digitalism running in the $150,000 Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m).
A winner of back-to-back races in Melbourne over 2040m and 2025m respectively, the Fastnet Rock gelding was last seen carrying 54kg to victory in the Listed Cranbourne Cup on October 11.
For the Eclipse Stakes Digitalism goes up to 56kg, the heaviest weight he has carried since saluting at Geelong in April over 1700m with 58kg on his back.
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