Classy mare Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha) took another step towards her return from injury with a jumpout at Flemington on Friday.
The Group 1-winning daughter of Thorn Park hasn’t raced since she finished unplaced in the Doncaster Mile in April last year and missed the spring following surgery to remove a small bone chip in her knee.
With Damien Oliver in the saddle, the five-year-old finished midfield in the eighth jumpout of the morning.
Pleased with the performance, trainer Nigel Blackiston said Suavito would have another jumpout at Flemington in two weeks, which would determine which race she returned in.
“It was her first trial following the long layoff and she just had a nice, easy trial and did it very smoothly,” Blackiston said.
“Damien (Oliver) was very happy with the way she felt.
“She’s done really well during her break. She’s come back bigger and stronger and I think both mentally and physically she’s improved again.
“She’ll trial again in two weeks and then we’ve got to work out whether we kick her off in the Orr Stakes or wait until the Futurity Stakes which she won last year.”
Blackiston said weather pending, the Sydney autumn was also a long-term target for his stable star.
“We’ll put in a nomination for the Australian Cup and then you’ve also got the Sydney Championships and races like the Doncaster and Queen Of The Turf to consider as well,” he said.
“She ran terrific in the (Doncaster) last year on a bottomless track where she finished seventh and never handled the going at all.”
“Obviously we’ve got to be very wary as I think she can handle a certain amount of softness in the track but when it’s as heavy as it was last year she doesn’t get through it all and Sydney’s notoriously been heavy and extremely wet the last few years.
“We’ll keep her here as long as we can and if Sydney’s dry then we’ll head up there.”
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