Cranbourne trainer Enver Jusufovic will look to take advantage of Lindhout‘s low rating before targeting black type races in the spring.
The explosive four-year-old mare is the short-priced $2.25 favourite to deliver apprentice jockey Carleen Hefel victory in the RMBL Investments Rising Stars Final (1400m) at Flemington on Saturday.
Lindhout came from near last a fortnight ago at Flemington to win by two lengths under a throttle hold from gun jockey Craig Newitt.
Jusufovic is hoping to reward accomplished apprentice Hefel, who rode the swooping mare four times prior to Newitt taking the reins the past two starts, with victory on Saturday.
“She (Hefel) does a lot of work for me, a very good rider on highly strung horses,” Jusufovic said.
“She’s on the right horse … (Lindhout) has got a lot of nervous energy and it’s just trying to harness it.
“It’s important not to give her a dig at the start and release that energy, if you let her be where she’s happy you see the turn of foot she has at the end.”
Carleen Hefel will be back on board Linhout at Flemington. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
Lindhout’s barnstorming Flemington win was the home-bred mare’s first since a Bendigo maiden last October.
Despite the blistering performance Jusufovic, who intends to saddle the promising Miss Albania at Caulfield on Saturday week, will persist with the patient approach that has served Lindhout well.
“She certainly doesn’t appear to have gone backwards … she did feel the run a little bit, but I can’t fault her work on Tuesday, it was excellent without doing a lot and her action is great,” Jusufovic said.
“This is her sixth run in so she’s doing a good job, I’m confident she can hold her form.
“She gets into these type of races really well in the weights … so while she’s down in the weights we can really take advantage of it.
“Once you get your rating up your hands are tied and you’re forced into those better races.”
Stablemate Miss Albania has won two jumpouts ahead of a return to the races next week, while Neighbourhood is being geared for a spring-summer campaign.
“Really happy with the way Miss Albania is going,” Jusufovic said.
“She’s another I’m hoping can potentially take us to black type races … her rating is only 74 at the moment but hopefully we can reap the rewards this preparation.”
Originally published asJusufovic targets another win for Lindhout
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