Trainer David Brideoake has confirmed that talented filly Nurse Kitchen will take her place in the 2017 Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes field at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday afternoon.
Nurse Kitchen has displayed plenty of ability through her five career starts so far, but the three-year-old failed to produce much in the Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m) last time out and finished eleventh, of only twelve fillies.
Brideoake told AAP that he believes Nurse Kitchen had genuine excuses at her most recent appearance and is confident that she will relish the conditions of the Vinery Stud Stakes; particularly a step up to 2000m for the first time.
“You’d think a Savabeel filly out of a Montjeu mare would relish that sort of trip,” Brideoake said.
“Her first-up run was good and then her second-up run was not much good but she did jar up.
“Now we’re in pretty good shape I think.”
Nurse Kitchen was an impressive winner of the Group 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic (1600m) on soft going, at only her third career start in spring, but Brideoake concedes that he is unsure on what surface the filly produces her best form.
“She won brilliantly on Cox Plate day last spring and other than that small hiccup during her last run with the track being so firm, things are good,” Brideoake said.
“We don’t really know with her in extremely heavy ground because she’s never been on it.”
Nurse Kitchen debuted to racing for a smart win in the Apco Service Station Maiden (1300m) at Geelong last June and returned in spring for tenth in a Caulfield minor over 1200m, in what was her only other start prior to the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic.
Relishing her time away from racing, the daughter of Savabeel resumed for seventh in the Group 3 The Vanity (1400m), three weeks prior to the Schweppervescence Trophy.
The 2017 Vinery Stud Stakes field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, today (March 22nd).
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