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Mornington’s David Brideoake hopes his progressive filly Thames Court can come back in the spring as a quality mare and line-up in the Myer Classic 2016 at Flemington Racecourse during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Brideoake has rated the rising four-year-old daughter of Commands as his best Group 1 hope this spring after the retirement of stable star Griante.
“Thames Court, she’s Group 2 placed and a Group 3 winner. She’s the best opportunity we have for the spring I would say,” he told AAP.
Good Journey mare Griante, who will be served by Redoute’s Choice next season, amassed over $1 million in prize money over her 29 career starts that included a win in this year’s Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill in March.
She retired from racing going to the breeding barn after a run in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) in Adelaide on May 7 where she finished under one and a half lengths back for fourth behind Precious Gem in her career swansong.
Now Brideoake has turned his attention to reaching the same Group 1 winning heights with Thames Court who has had seven runs for three wins and two thirds to date.
She was thrown in the deep end from day dot debuting at Flemington last October for a credible fifth to Badawiya in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m).
Next start on Cox Plate Day at Moonee Valley the filly was third to My Poppette in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic (1600m) before being sent out for a spell.
Thames Court returned in mid-March and posted two early autumn wins with back-to-back Moonee Valley victories including a two and a half-length romp home in the Group 3 Alexandra Stakes (1600m).
Things went amiss on April 9 however when she went to Morphettville and finished dead last in the Listed Laelia Stakes (1600m), which Brideoake is confident she can atone for when she resumes this campaign.
“She’s back in work and just starting to tick along a little bit now,” he said.
“I would expect Thames Court to get to some good mares’ races through the spring.
He has ambitions spring targets for her to meet including a possible run at Flemington Racecourse on Victoria Derby Day, October 29, in the $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m).
“I would envisage a mare like her to probably have an ultimate target of the Myer Classic,” Brideoake said.
“A mile race for mares at Flemington, she should be really, really well placed I’d say.”
Should she make the Myer Classic field, Thames Court will be just the second runner in the classic for Brideoake and she will be looking to become the first four-year-old winner of the race since Appearance (2012).
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