Flemington trainer Nigel Blackiston has made a cautious gear change to Suavito (Thorn Park x Queen Cha Cha) ahead of
Saturday’s Gr.2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Mooney Valley.
“We are going to apply the blinkers,” said Blackiston.
“I’ve always thought she would be a blinker type of mare but I put her
in them at Flemington and she stayed in the barriers so I’ve been a bit gun shy
to try them again.”
“She had a nice trial in the blinkers last Friday which was pleasing. I
was very happy with the trial and how she jumped out of the gates.
“She’s in good order she’s taken real benefit from her first up run and
I’m looking forward to Saturday.”
Suavito kicked off her spring campaign with a sixth placing in the Gr.2
Lawrence Stakes on August 13.
Suavito has drawn barrier ten in the fourteen horse field and she will
have the services of her regular rider Michael Walker, who has made a speedy
recovery from a lower back injury he sustained last Friday.
“I didn’t know what the prognosis would be as it was an injury I hadn’t
had before and I was worried how long I could be out for,” said Walker who was
suffering from three prolapsed discs and spasms in his back.
While a firm spring plan is yet to be put in place Blackiston has a
couple of options in mind.
“After Saturday we will look at the Stock Stakes and then we can work
out if we continue on a mare’s path or if we take a look at the Cox Plate.”