With first-up form at Caufield over 1400m and in Group 1 races, there was always a little pressure on Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha) to perform in the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes.
Trainer Nigel Blackiston was pleased with Suavito’s run, beaten only 2 lengths into sixth in a solid Group 2 event. Soon after the race, it looked as though Suavito was a little plain and below her usual standard early in the straight. Those just ahead of her – Entirely Platinum, Miss Rose De Lago and Jacquinot Bay – kicked better than her, only momentarily, but enough.
A good comparison can be made with Entirely Platinum, who settled just one length or so in front of Suavito and finished one length in front in third position. Their splits between the 600m and 400m, and 400m and 200m were almost identical, but with Suavito closing her final 200m in a stronger 12.12 seconds.
Blackiston and the connections have decided to head towards the Group 2 Data Tan Chin Nam Stakes (officially named the Feehan Stakes) at Moonee Valley on 3 September. She is likely to bypass the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m).
Learning from her run on Saturday, and from her second-up performance last preparation when out-sprinted a little by Turn Me Loose in the Group 1 Futurity (1400m), a step up to 1600m and staying in Group 2 company suits better.
The Data Tan Chin Nam Stakes leads nicely into a variety of races, with a nice space to the Group 2 Stocks Stakes for mares at Moonee Valley, a track she has performed well at in the past.
It means a return clash with Miss Rose De Lago and Damien. If her performances warrant it, the Group 1 Myer, Group 1 Longines, Group 1 Emirates and/or Group 2 Matriarch Stakes are options thereafter, as is the breeding barn. -blackistonracing.com.au