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Mornington’s Brett Scott is hoping his smart mare Coronation Shallan can see out her spring prep with a 2015 Summoned Stakes win this weekend at Sandown after a brave but unplaced Group 1 run last weekend.
Scott threw his six-year-old daughter of Strategic into the deep end at Flemington last Saturday with Coronation Shallan stepping up in class for a shot at the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m).
It followed a number of good runs this time in including a third to Vashka in the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) on Caulfield Cup Day and her narrow win over Azkadellia in the Group 3 Teiso Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day.
While far from disgraced, the five-time winning mare could only manage to cross three and a half lengths away seventh with a mid-field finish behind Murray Baker’s all-the-way winner Turn Me Loose in the handicap clash.
Scott will now give Coronation Shallan a final chance of success this campaign on Zipping Classic Day when she takes on her own kind in Sandown Race 9 at 5:55pm (AEST) – the $150,000 Group 3 Summoned Stakes (1500m).
“She was probably not up to that class (Group I) but we had to have a roll of the dice,” Scott told Racenet this week.
“I thought she ran great but just didn’t have the turn of foot that that the better horses had.
“I thought she was quite tenacious in the run home.”
Dropping back in both class and distance, she does go up from her 52.5kg Emirates Stakes lightweight to 58kg under the set weights plus penalties conditions of the mares’ only Summoned Stakes.
The weight is a definite factor and is the most she has ever carried under race conditions.
Her Teiso Stakes winning jockey Daniel Stackhouse is back aboard though after apprentice Michael Dee hopped aboard for her Group 1 run last weekend.
In the Emirates Coronation Shallan also had a wide barrier 13 of 15 draw and is set to get a smoother run from barrier two of 16 this weekend, Scott confident she can handle the short turnaround again as she did going from her Caulfield Cup Day third to Cox Plate Day win on the same seven day back-up.
“Her form says the seven-day back-up won’t bother her,” he said.
“She has pulled up really well since the Emirates so we’ll make this her last run of the spring and bring her back in the autumn.
The latest Summoned Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au are led by the Darren Weir-trained Street Boss five-year-old Scarlet Billows ($4.80) who comes off a Group 3 Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1400m) win at Flemington from Melbourne Cup Day.
Coronation Shallan though is the early market mover backed in notably from an opening price of $12 into single-figures at $9 with the chance to land the box seat from the gate off a likely strong speed.
“I’d imagine there will be a couple to make the pace and she’ll be poking along in behind somewhere,” Scott said.
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