Weather to Decide on 2014 Sandown Stakes Berth for Speediness

November 11th, 2014

Continuing to produce commendable racing results through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival while yet to break through for a maiden victory at the highest level, trainer Colin Scott has revealed weather will play a key factor in whether or not classy gelding Speediness will complete one final run in Saturday’s Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m).

Speediness is yet to be confirmed for a start in the 2014 Sandown Stakes. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Speediness is yet to be confirmed for a start in the 2014 Sandown Stakes. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Jumping from the gates well in last weekend’s featured Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m); a race for which he placed third in 2013, Speediness was unable to handle the late pace on the firm Flemington surface and finished a disappointing 10th.

Pleased with the way the son of Testa Rossa has come through the Emirates Stakes, Scott said the prospect of rain on Friday and Saturday was too great a lure for a berth in the Sandown Stakes, rather than an immediate return to the spelling paddock.

“The only thing I can put the run down to is the track, that’s twice he’s run on a Good 2 and twice he hasn’t gone a yard,” Scott told Racing Victoria.

“In hindsight I can only blame myself because I should’ve scratched him as soon as the track was upgraded to a Good 2.

“He seems to come have through the run well. He went straight to the water walker on Sunday and he hasn’t missed an oat.

“I have nominated him for the Sandown Stakes. He was going to go to the paddock but I looked at the weather and there’s supposed to be rain on Friday and Saturday.

“I’ll most likely accept with him but unless the track’s a Dead 4 or worse he won’t run.”

Securing a commendable race record of seven wins and a further eleven minor places from 36 competitive starts so far, Speediness has returned to racing in typically competitive form this year; finishing sixth in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) first-up on February 8th and continuing to build towards a close second to Gordon Lord Byron in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) on most notably on March 29th.

Running fourth in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) first-up this time, the gelding out of Fine Glass was disappointing when beating just one runner home in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m), but again responded well when finishing a close second to Trust In A Gust in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) on October 11th; progressing to fourth in the Group 2 Crystal Mile in his only other start prior to the Emirates Stakes.

A final field and barrier draw for the 2014 Sandown Stakes is due to be completed and released on Wednesday morning.

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