2016 Concorde Stakes Likely for Hidden Pearl

Brisbane horseman Barry Lockwood is leaning towards a Sydney run on Saturday in the Concorde Stakes 2016 opting for a trip south over a home run for his smart mare Hidden Pearl.

Hidden Pearl

In-form Brisbane mare Hidden Pearl is likely to make the trip to Sydney for Saturday’s 2016 Concorde Stakes at Royal Randwick. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The six-year-old daughter of Hidden Dragon is a dual nominee across two states for the weekend, but Lockwood is likely to take her to Royal Randwick for a shot at a Black-Type sprint on Chelmsford Stakes Day.

Hidden Pearl is only lightly-raced for her age with seven wins, two seconds and a third from her 17 career starts.

She has won three of her past four starts going back to October last year including back-to-back August victories at home at Eagle Farm this month over 1000m after returning from a leg injury suffered during a failed Flemington run during last year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The last of those was an impressive two length effort a fortnight ago in a Class 6 carrying 59kg where she saluted as the odds-on $1.40 favourite for the punters in the Sunshine State.

Lockwood has her nominated for another Eagle Farm run on Saturday in a 1200m open handicap as well as for Sydney’s $125,000 Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m).

She would enjoy a notable drop back in kilograms if she goes the interstate option getting into the Concorde Stakes with only 54kg under the set weights plus penalties conditions.

“I will make a final decision on Wednesday morning but at this stage we going to Sydney with Bridget Grylls to ride,” he told AAP.

The Concorde Stakes weights are led by Chris Waller’s Coolmore Classic winner Japonisme (60kg), the now four-year-old last seen running third in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) in Brisbane on May 14.

Over the Concorde Stakes distance Hidden Pearl boasts an outstanding short-sprint record of six wins and a second from nine starts.

She is yet to race at the Randwick track however and hasn’t raced outside of Queensland since a mid-field finish at Coffs Harbour back in 2014.

Lockwood is looking to continue on the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival path post-Saturday with Hidden Pearl who could run again a fortnight later on September 17 in the $200,000 Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) back at Randwick.

The two other mares nominated for this weekend’s Concorde Stakes meanwhile are the Kris Lees-trained Felines who ran third over the track / distance on August 20 and Gocup Belle from Queanbeyan.

Saturday race fields are out on Wednesday so stay tuned.

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