Lindsay Park And Weir Dominate Memsie Field
Final Field Of 14 Accept For First Group One Of Season
A field of 14 has been declared for the Memsie Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday, with Lindsay Park set to saddle three runners including Group One winner Rising Romance (Ekraar).
The six-year-old, who was not extended when participating in a jump out at Flemington on Friday 19 August, has been pleasing co-trainer Tom Dabernig in the build-up to the race.
“She seems to be going really well,” Dabernig told ANZ Bloodstock News. “It’s been a little while since she’s won a race but she seems to be working better than she ever has.
“I really think if things go her way in the spring, she has a big race in her and I think she’ll run well.”
Rising Romance, who has drawn barrier four and will be ridden by Damian Lane, will be covered by Woodside Park Stud stallion Written Tycoon (Iglesia) after a potential run in the Makybe Diva Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) at Flemington on 10 September.
“She’ll probably go to the Makybe Diva after the Memsie. She is booked to go to Written Tycoon and if she gets in foal the plan is to race her into the spring, but once again, that won’t happen until after her first run or two.”
Last sighted finishing tenth in the QEII Cup (Gr 1, 2000m) at Sha Tin on 24 April, Rising Romance is rated as a $21 chance with CrownBet, while stablemate He Or She (Kendel Star) is priced at $23.
Lindsay Park Triumvirate Set For H D F McNeil Stakes
Co-trainer Tom Dabernig Optimistic Ahead Of Group Three
Lindsay Park are likely to have three runners in the H D F McNeil Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday with Seaburge (Sebring), Highland Beat (Exceed And Excel) and Blue Tycoon (Written Tycoon) all intended starters.
Speaking to ANZ Bloodstock News yesterday, co-trainer Tom Dabernig was optimistic about the chances of all three, including VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) winner Seaburge, who is being aimed at the Caulfield Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) on 8 October.
The colt, who has not raced since finishing sixth behind Yankee Rose (All American) in the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) at Randwick on 2 April, will likely improve for a longer trip, according to Dabernig, but can run well on Saturday regardless.
“He’s had a faultless lead up to his first up run, but I’d say the 1200 metres might be on the short side for him,” Dabernig said.
“He’s being aimed at the Caulfield Guineas, so hopefully we’ll be seeing the best of him when he gets to 1400 metres and a mile, but I’d expect him to run well first up.
“Often those sort of horses run well fresh and he’s definitely a very classy colt.”
Stallion Prospect El Divino To The Run To The Rose
Widden Stud Hope Colt Can Enhance Value
Widden Stud proprietor Antony Thompson is eagerly anticipating The Run To The Rose (Gr 2, 1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday, with his valuable stallion prospect El Divino (Snitzel) a major contender in the race.
Widden Stud purchased a controlling interest in El Divino after the now three-year-old colt dead-heated in the Kindergarten Stakes (Gr 3, 1100m) at Randwick on 2 April and Thompson is optimistic the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained colt can improve further this season.
“With his two-year-old form and his pedigree he’s stallion material so we’re hoping he can come out and win a big race as a three-year-old,” Thompson told ANZ Bloodstock News yesterday.
“Gai tends to think he will get further. He’s a lovely physical type and a great doing horse and as the preparation goes along he’ll tell us where we go with him.
“Gai and Adrian have brought him up quite steadily and think he will improve with the run, so let’s hope the track’s not too heavy and we get to see him on Saturday.”
El Divino, who is a half-brother to Winx (Street Cry), has been given two 850 metre Randwick barrier trials, the latest on 9 August when third behind Saturday’s Randwick winner Southern Legend (Not A Single Doubt).