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Blackiston: Suavito is one of my toughest
07 Dec 2015

Trainer Nigel Blackiston said Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha) has every chance of hitting the same heights she reached in the spring of 2014 and autumn this year, when she returns from injury in the New Year.

Blackiston's star mare is back in work eyeing off another autumn campaign, having missed the 2015 spring as she was recovering from an operation to remove bone chips from her knee.

But it is all rosy with Suavito now, according to Blackiston, who said the five-year-old is better for the extended lay-off, having most recently finished seventh in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile at Randwick in April.

"She's going very well, she's come back in great order," Blackiston said.

"She had a lengthy spell through an enforced injury. As far as injuries go, it was a very small bone chip removed from her right knee.

"Looking at her, it's probably the best thing because she had a good, strong campaign last year, and she's come back bigger and stronger."

Suavito won four-straight Group races from the 2014 spring to this year's autumn carnival, with those wins ranging from the seven-furlong trip right up to 2000m - highlighted by her  Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) success.

Blackiston said that streak was a credit to her versatility and competitiveness.

"The way she is, her attitude, she has one of those great wills to win," he said.

"I have to say she's one of the toughest fillies or mares I've had to deal with."

Also on the radar for Suavito is another crack at the Doncaster, or a run in the Group 1 Queen of the Turf Stakes (1600m), at Randwick.

But Blackiston said it remains to be seen if Suavito makes the trip to Sydney again this autumn, having not been in the finish in three trips north - albeit all in Group 1 company - with the state of the track the Flemington horseman's main concern.

"It depends on the weather," he added.

"We went up last year, and were confident in the Doncaster.

"It was so heavy, she tried very hard to finish seventh, but she never handled the track.

"We'll just have to keep an eye on what the weather does, if we can get a half-decent autumn in Sydney, it'll definitely be on the cards."