Cascabel Chases Doveton Stakes Win

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Cascabel will be looking to break a streak of runner-up finishes when he lines up for the Listed Doveton Stakes at Caulfield this Saturday.

The six-year-old gelding has finished second in his three previous starts and is yet to gain entry into the winners circle this preparation.

Cascabel’s most recent second place came in the Group 3 Standish Handicap behind Catapulted at Flemington on January 2.

The horse will have to compete with the likes of First Command and Stirling Grove in this Saturday’s Doveton Stakes.

First Command finished seventh in the Group 2 Giglai Stakes last start after a gallant second in the Listed Testa Rossa Handicap in September.

Stirling Grove finished third in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes behind Black Caviar during the spring before finishing a close second to Down Under Boy on Emirates Stakes Day.

Trainer Robbie Griffiths believes the short back-up between runs will suit Cascabel, but admits this time is a bit different.

“He always backs up well a week apart but we have never done three in a row, especially coming off a hot day like he faced this week,” Griffiths said.

The trainer will monitor Cascabel’s condition in the days leading up to the race.

“I want to make sure his pre-race blood, weight and hydration is good but I certainly couldn’t see any reason why we shouldn’t accept today for Saturday when it gives us another 72 hours to work out what to do,” he said.

“It is bit early to tell because it has only been 48 hours since he raced on Monday but he certainly seems to be quite upbeat since the run.”

Cascabel has won six of his race starts and has earned more than $340,000 in prize money.

The Bel Esprit gelding was purchased for $18,000 from the 2007 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale and has since gone on to continually prove himself against tough competition.


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