Trainer Kristen Buchanan has been thrilled with the form and class displayed by stable star Two Blue through recent weeks and is confident she is in the right condition for a genuinely competitive tilt at maiden black type success in Saturday’s Listed Winter Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens.
Two Blue has posted an impressive seven wins and a further 12 minors through 31 career starts so far but has undoubtedly found career-best form to date through her current preparation, capped by a close second behind Godolphin runner Haussmann in the Listed Civic Stakes (1350m) at Rosehill Gardens a fortnight ago.
Included amongst a talented list of 15 nominations for Saturday’s feature race earlier this week, Buchanan has been thrilled with the way the Dubleo mare has come through her most recent run and revealed she may head to stud with a black type victory in the 2015 Winter Stakes.
“Her second in the Civic Stakes helps but it would be lovely to have a stakes win beside her name,” Buchanan told AAP.
“There is no talk of her going to stud just yet and the plan is to race her on as a seven-year-old.
“It is very important for her to get black type. I own 20 per cent of her and she is raced on lease which has another 12 months to go so the plan is to continue.
“She doesn’t have to lead but she had a wide barrier last time so we’re hoping for a better one on Saturday.
“There seems to be a bit more speed among the horses nominated this time so that could change the dynamics of the race.”
Buchanan was pleased with apprentice jockey Winona Costin’s performance aboard Two Blue in the Civic Stakes, but has confirmed seasoned pro Paul King will take the ride in the 2015 Winter Stakes.
“Winona did nothing wrong and rode him really well but Paul is my stable jockey and he was riding in Brisbane when Two Blue raced,” Buchanan said.
Charged with overcoming the wide and somewhat awkward barrier 11 in the Civic Stakes and still finishing a close second, an ideal barrier is sure to play into the strengths of Two Blue in the 2015 Winter Stakes.
The 2015 Winter Stakes final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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