Randwick trainer Ron Quinton feels that his four-year-old mare Crafty Irna is capable of winning the $400,000 The Metropolitan on Rosehill’s Epsom Handicap Daynext month.
Crafty Irna finished second to Lamasery last start in the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes.
The mare took part in a barrier trail on Tuesday to keep up her fitness for the race and finished fourth.
Quinton is positive that the track at Randwick will be in perfect condition for The Metropolitan due to the fact there has been no racing at the course since August because of structural soundness issues concerning the main grandstand.
“Come October 1 Randwick should be absolutely perfect because we’ve had no racing there for a while,” Quinton said.
“So it wouldn’t matter if there was a little bit of rain.
“I’d want it to be (rated) Good to Dead.”
The trainer is looking to improve the Starcraft mare’s broodmare value with a Group 1 win.
“She’s out of a group one winning mare (Zirna) so she’s got a beautiful pedigree,” he said.
“It would be lovely if we could add The Metropolitan to that.”
Crafty Irna won the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes during the autumn, but The Metropolitan will be the four-year-old’s first Group 1 start.