Fresh Cash’s $1m Adelaide target
THE Robert Sangster Stakes already is shaping as a blockbuster after Andrew Noblet confirmed Super Cash would tackle the $1 million Morphettville feature in early May.
Super Cash maintained her dazzling first-up record when she finished powerfully to win the Rubiton Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday at her first start since finishing eighth to Redzel in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington on November 11.
It was Super Cash's second straight success in the Group 2 Rubiton and took her first-up record to five wins and a third placing from six starts.
After last year's Rubiton success, Super Cash raced a month later in the Newmarket Handicap, finishing eighth to Redkirk Warrior, before a midfield effort in the Sangster won by Secret Agenda.
Noblet will avoid the temptation to follow a similar path this year.
He instead will focus on having the five-year-old in prime order for the Group 1 Sangster Stakes (1200m), a weight-for-age race restricted to fillies and mares, on May 5.
"Bearing in mind her first-up form, we want to get her to the Sangster. We'll just give her a let-up now and that will be her next run," Noblet said.
"It's a million-dollar Group 1 for fillies and mares. It's an ideal target for her. Obviously it's pretty tempting to press on with her ... but the owners are patient and we know to give her her best shot at a race like the Sangster is to keep her fresh.
"You'd think if she can run up to what she showed on Saturday then she'd have to be one of the main chances."
Lloyd Kennewell's star sprinting mare Viddora shapes as the early top seed for the Sangster after snaring back-to-back big-race wins in the Group 1 $1m Winterbottom Stakes and $1m Magic Millions Sprint at her past two starts.
Gold Coast trainer Toby Edmonds has also indicated his flying thee-year-old filly Houtzen would be aimed at the Morphettville feature.
Noblet said Super Cash had come through her Rubiton success in good shape and appeared to have thrived during her latest break.
"She was very good on Sunday after the race," the Caulfield trainer said. "This morning (on Monday) she was a little bit stiff but that's probably just muscle soreness. She loosened up halfway around her work and came off the track nice and bright.
"Since the spring, the amount she developed in that three weeks off was incredible.
"She put on a lot of weight. She'd really muscled up and put on a lot of condition, which is a sign that she has really matured now."