Henry Dwyer’s in-form mare from Melbourne Beirut could have her swansong start in Saturday’s Spring Stakes 2016 field in Adelaide after being dually accepted across two states for the weekend’s racing.
The six-year-old daughter of Lonhro is heading to the breeding barn but gets a chance to secure one final Black-Type win.
Dwyer has accepted the retiring mare for both the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) down the Flemington straight on Saturday as well as the $120,000 Group 3 Spring Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville Racecourse in South Australia.
The Caulfield-based horseman will take a closer look at both fields before making a final decision on where to run Beirut who is chasing her fifth straight win.
In the Flemington feature she will face a dozen rivals and jump from barrier five with Chris Symons on standby for the ride on the 54kg minimum in the handicap sprint that features the likes of Ramornie Handicap winner Smart Volatility and the returning Lindsay Park-trained Dibayani.
If Beirut heads interstate for her final career start in the Spring Stakes she will carrying 56.5kg at weight-for-age, but gets the same barrier 5 (of 12) draw with Jacob Rule her allocated hoop.
“The aim with her isn’t necessarily to find the race that is easiest to win, but to find the race that is easiest to run top three and get some black type,” Dwyer told AAP.
“The Aurie’s Star looks pretty thin and there’s a lot of stayers resuming.
“But the straight is probably against her as it neutralises her best asset which is her high cruising speed and her ability to kick around a bend.”
Beirut is yet to race at Morphettville and has had a testing campaign, her latest win a tough half-length victory over the 1200m at Caulfield over Nadeem Lass in mid-July.
“I was a bit worried about her being in work for a long time and starting to go over the top,” Dwyer added.
“But I sent her up to the water walker at Rockmount for ten days and since she’s come back I’ve been really happy with her.”
The other last start winners accepted into the Spring Stakes field this season are Richard Jolly’s Reaan four-year-old Karlovasi who saluted at the track on July 2 from barrier 11, which he has drawn again this weekend, and the Will Clarken-trained Cavaloce.
Six-year-old Testa Rossa mare Cavaloce is locally trained in Adelaide and comes off back-to-back victories over 1200m and 1400m respectively, the latest a 2.6 length effort at Morphettville Parks on July 23.
Heading the ratings is the Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas-trained Daytona Grey, the Artie Schiller seven-year-old out to improve on a last start fifth at Gawler from July 16.
Clare Lindop comes aboard the grey, who is drawn barrier 10, looking to get him back in the winner’s stall after his unplaced run as the beaten favourite last time out.
Macdonald & Gluyas are also represented by Gamblin’ Guru drawn one closer to the rails in barrier nine for his first run since a disappointing 15th to Purple Smile in the Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) from mid-March.
Other notable Spring Stakes hopes include the Ken Sweeny-trained eight-year-old Riziz, Jolly’s other runner Karacatis and the returning Court Command mare Rocket Commander who ran third three times on the trot earlier in the winter.
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2016 Spring Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Morphettville Race 7 (4:08pm) – 06/08/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||80×1623515||DAYTONA GREY||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Clare Lindop||10||58.5kg||97|
|2||104x290x94||RIZIZ||Ken Sweeney||Todd Pannell||3||58.5kg||95|
|3||321511246x||TASHBEEH||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Matthew Neilson||12||58.5kg||95|
|4||46x030x389||CONSERVATORIUM||Gary Kennewell||Joe Bowditch||2||58.5kg||93|
|5||607x22360x||GAMBLIN’ GURU||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Jason Holder||9||58.5kg||93|
|6||355×055244||KARACATIS||Richard Jolly||Jake Toeroek||6||58.5kg||87|
|7||4×38202054||SOOBOOG||Darren Weir||John Allen||4||58.5kg||79|
|8||4x423136x1||KARLOVASI||Richard Jolly||Paul Gatt||11||58.5kg||74|
|9||222×123315||IT’S NO JOKE||Grant Kluske||Justin Potter||1||58.5kg||71|
|10||856622333x||ROCKET COMMANDER||Wayne Francis & Glen Kent||Dom Tourneur||7||56.5kg||89|
|11||93×8281111||BEIRUT||Henry Dwyer||Jacob Rule||5||56.5kg||83|
|12||03x4638x11||CAVALOCE||Will Clarken||Ms Jamie Kah||8||56.5kg||82|