Trainer Nigel Blackiston will give progressive mare Let’s Make Adeal every possible opportunity to qualify for the Caulfield Cup (2400m) and Melbourne Cup (3200m) after she stayed on strongly to upset OTI Racing-owned Castlzeberg in the Guinot International Handicap (1600m) at Sandown yesterday.
Let’s Make Adeal was returning to the races for the first time since finishing a narrow second behind Wowee in the Group 3 South Australian Fillies Classic (2500m) at Morphettville in May and impressed with a performance that indicated she is looking for a staying trip during the 2013 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Blackiston has set the daughter of Red Ransom for an ambitious tilt at the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup but admits that she will need to win a number of races in the lead-up to qualify for either race.
The Flemington-based trainer will give Let’s Make Adeal a progressive spring campaign and leave no stone unturned in an attempt to get her rating high enough to qualify for Group 1 events.
“I think she can get to the top,” Blackiston told the AAP after the race.
“She’s got to take steps and get her rating up to get into the better races.
“We’ve got to find what we can get her into.
“She’s in the Metropolitan.
“She’s in everywhere we can get a run to aim for the Cups.”
Let’s Make A Deal could have her next start in the Listed Tokyo City Cup (1800m) at Morphettville in Adelaide on September 21 or follow a similar path to the one taken by Gai Waterhouse-trained Glencadam Gold last year, who won the Group 3 Newcastle Cup (2300m) and the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) before going on to compete in the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup.
Cups success is in the blood of Let’s Make A Deal as her grand-dam Let’s Elope took out the Caulfield Cup/Melbourne Cup double in 1991.