Trelawney Stud is set for another super Saturday of racing this
weekend with runners bred, sold or raced by the farm contesting feature races
on both sides of the Tasman.
The long-awaited inaugural running of the A$5m All Star Mile
takes place at Flemington with Grunt, who will be ridden by champion jockey
Damien Oliver, drawing barrier 15.
The Mick Price-trained son of O'Reilly, who was bred by
Trelawney and purchased out of their 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock yearling
draft, is proven on the course over the mile trip having won the Gr.1
Australian Guineas (1600m) and Gr.1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) in 2018 under
weight-for-age conditions - the same as The All-Star Mile.
"This is his right track and distance and hopefully he
can get back to his best,” Oliver said.
"He's one of the good chances (at his best) for sure.
You can't get in much better form than she (Alizee) has been in and I've got
great respect for the three-year-olds in the race (Hawkshot, Mystic Journey and
Amphitrite) as well. It's not going to be easy but if he can get back to his
best he'll be right there."
Oliver added that Grunt produced 'pleasing' work at
Caulfield trackwork on Tuesday morning.
"He is not the best track worker but it was probably
the best piece of work that he has put in for me this time around," Oliver
At Trentham two mares will step out in the Trelawney silks on
their quest for black type.
Special Light, who has won her last three starts, will make
her stakes debut in the Listed Yealands Family Wines NZ St Leger (2600m).
The Tony Pike-trained daughter of Redoute’s Choice has
beaten some handy fields in her last two wins at Ellerslie and looks a good
chance to continue that form.
Special Light has drawn barrier 10 and has inform jockey
Samantha Collett booked to ride.
Later in the day Igraine, who will also be partnered by
Collett, will contest the Gr.3 Wentwood Grange Cuddle Stakes (1600m).
Trained by Robert Priscott, Igraine looks set to benefit
from the step up in trip and has drawn well with barrier three.
The in-form Emily Margaret has made the trip north to
Wellington to take her place in the Gr.2 Norwood Family Wellington Guineas
Sold from Trelawney Stud’s 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock
draft, Emily Margaret is coming off the back of a last-start win in the Listed
NZB Insurance Stakes (1400m) and will face a handy field of three-year-olds.
Emily Margaret will be ridden by Robert Hannam who was onboard for her Wingatui win.