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Manco Easter Stakes for Mabeel
21 Apr 2016Mabeel (Savabeel x Ma), who is a leading prospect after his impressive last start win in the Listed Fairdale – Goodwood Studs Flying Handicap (1400m) at Awapuni early this month, will line up in Saturday's Gr.1 Manco Easter Stakes at Ellerslie.

This will be Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young's fourth Group One bid this month and if Mabeel succeeds he may get one more shot at the top grade before a spell.

"There's a chance we could look at the Stradbroke in Brisbane," said Busuttin. "But he'd have to win on Saturday to go for it. I've discussed it with Cherry Taylor, who manages the horse for the owner Deborah Ho."

The Gr.1 A$1.5 million Stradbroke Handicap is at Eagle Farm on June 11 and whatever happens on Saturday Busuttin and Young have already received good news from the Mabeel camp.

"They've agreed to let us take him to Melbourne to be part of our team when we shift over there," said Busuttin. "That's a big kick for us. There will be a lot of options for a horse like him over there.

"If we don't go to the Stradbroke with him he will spell then we could look at something like the Memsie Stakes in the spring for him. Either way, he's got to win on Saturday and I think he can.

"His work has been good and I think he'll be very hard to beat.

Mabeel has won half of his 12 starts with four wins this season. His biggest win came in the Gr. 3 Anniversary Handicap (1600m) at Trentham last January when ridden by Sam Spratt, who was also in the saddle in his last win and will again be aboard on Saturday. -NZ Racing Desk