Trainer Bjorn Baker, still coming to terms with the potentially career-ending injury to Samadoubt, is hopeful She’s Ideel can boost stable spirits by winning the Group 1 $2 million Schweppes Sydney Cup (3200m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Rising eight-year-old chestnut Samadoubt re-injured his off-fore tendon leaving his racing future in doubt.
“This is a tough game, it favours the brave that’s for sure,’’ Baker said.
“It would have been great to have a runner in the big race (Queen Elizabeth Stakes) but I had to pull him out midweek. I’ve got to talk with his owners to see what their plans are for the horse.’’
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She’s Ideel heads into the Sydney Cup off a fast finishing second behind Sir Dragonet in the Tancred Stakes. Photo: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph
Samadoubt has been a Baker stable stalwart, winning 10 races from 42 starts including the Group 1 Winx Stakes, earning over $1 million prizemoney.
Baker admitted it is not easy to replace top class racehorses like Samadoubt but he has unearthed a promising stayer in She’s Ideel this autumn.
She’s Ideel hasn’t won a race in four starts this campaign but she has produced fast finishing efforts to place each time including her second behind Sir Dragonet in the Group 1 Tancred Stakes last start.
“We have always had a big opinion of She’s Ideel and she did run a very good race when third in the St Leger last spring so we knew she was a strong stayer,’’ Baker said.
“But her run in the Tancred Stakes was a bit of a surprise because it was weight-for-age.
“In the Sydney Cup, it’s a handicap and she drops to 50kg – she is up against it but you have got to be in it to win it and I think she can run a really good race.’’
She’s Ideel was bred and is part-owned by respected racing identity Brian Nutt, a long-time friend of the trainer.
“Brian bred this mare and has a lot of family and friends in the ownership,’’ Baker said.
“I’ve known Brian since I was a little boy and his girls have been babysitters for my kids many times.
“It would be a nice story if She’s Ideel can win the Sydney Cup.’’
MARES CAN RUN QUINELLA IN SYDNEY CUP
She’s Ideel and Miami Bound can lead home a rare mares quinella in the Group 1 $2 million Schweppes Sydney Cup (3200m) at Royal Randwick tomorrow.
At least this is the opinion of form expert Gary Crispe from Racing And Sports who said although the Sydney Cup “lacks for star power it throws up and interesting clash of formlines between the Manion Cup and Tancred Stakes.
“There is no doubt that the Tancred Stakes took more winning than the Manion Cup and Sir Dragonet, who won the Tancred easily, goes to the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday,’’ Crispe said.
“But She’s Ideel and Miami Bound filled the Tancred placings, both putting up strong Sydney Cup trials and with Timeform ratings of 114 and 113 respectively, they represent terrific winning chances in the Sydney Cup.
Form expert Gary Crispe is tipping She’s Ideel and Miami Bound (pictured) to provide the quinella in the Sydney Cup. Photo: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“She’s Ideel posted a career-best rating in the Tancred and from the 50kg minimum in the Cup, it makes her the horse to beat – if she can repeat her last start effort.
“She has stayed well over as far as 2600m and looks likely to see out the longer trip.’’
Crispe said what She’s Ideel lacks is what Miami Bound has in abundance – a bank of solid ratings at this high level of competition.
“Miami Bound is a VRC Oaks winner and a Moonee Valley Cup winner – running to her 113 peak on those occasions as well as in the Tancred,’’ he explained.
“She has failed to fire in two tries over this trip which tempers my enthusiasm somewhat, but both could be excused easily enough and she has looked on track for this race all campaign.’’
If Crispe’s prediction of a She’s Ideel-Miami Bound quinella in the Sydney Cup, it will be only the second time this century mares have run 1-2 in the Randwick marathon after Jessicabeel defeated Divine Rebel in 2010.
The stars converge on Royal Randwick for the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes….
The stars converge on Royal Randwick for the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Crispe said northern hemisphere-bred stayers Southern France and Favorite Moon shape as leading chances.
“Southern France has form in the UK around topline stayers such as Kew Gardens and Stradivarius is good enough to win this – comfortably so,’’ Crispe said.
“But he has had just four runs in 18 months and, despite that little bit of promise last time, none of those efforts have been anywhere near his best form. Backing him here takes a bit of a leap of faith but he is certainly of interest.
“Southern France’s form overseas leaves Favorite Moon’s for dead, but he is giving that horse weight and Favorite Moon hits the Sydney Cup on the rise.
“Another mare, Realm Of Flowers ran a cracker behind him in the Manion Cup and now finds herself very well fancied to turn the tables.’’
Originally published asShe’s Ideel to raise stable spirits in Sydney Cup
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