Two year old Group 1 winner Go Indy Go is ready to commence her Spring Carnival campaign in the Group 3 $120,000 Spring Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville on August 8.
Go Indy Go capped off her juvenile season with a win in the Group 1 $400,000 Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick during the 2014 Sydney Autumn Carnival but hasn’t been in the winner’s circle since.
Co-trainer Leon Macdonald admits that Go Indy Go didn’t race up to her best potential during the Spring last year and is looking forward to a better performance this campaign following a decent spell.
“She didn’t really come up as well as she should have in that Spring, last Spring, so we gave her an extended spell and she is all systems go towards the Spring this year hopefully,” Macdonald told Racing HQ.
“She has grown up. She has got very tall, probably not carrying quite as much condition as she used to but pretty happy with her, she looks fine.”
Macdonald, who trains in partnership with Andrew Gluyas at Morphettville, is more than happy with the way Go Indy Go has been performing on the tracks and was pleased with a slick workout on Tuesday morning and she will have another hit out in between races at Morphettville on Saturday.
“She had a gallop this morning, worked very well. We will gallop between races at Morphettville on Saturday and then into the Spring Stakes here and then probably a fortnight into the Penny Edition both weight for age races,” Macdonald said.
“We can’t be any happier with her so let’s see what she can do.”
Macdonald hasn’t settled on a program for later in the Spring and is waiting to see how she runs in the Listed $100,000 Penny Edition Stakes (1400m) at Morphettville Parks on August 22 before deciding on her Melbourne assignments and what distance he will aim her for.
“I suppose that is a little bit of doubt where that is. She obviously won a Group 1 at 1600m. Her run in the AAMI Vase at 2040m was very good when I don’t think she was going as well as she could, so that is probably her distance range,” Macdonald said.
Go Indy Go disappointed at her first run last Spring when fifteenth in the Group 2 $200,000 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington but then performed better stepping up to 1400m when third to Afleet Esprit in the Group 2 $200,000 Schweppes Thousand Guineas Prelude at Caulfield.
Then she was always well back and never threatened when seventh to Amicus in the Group 1 $500,000 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield before running the best race of her campaign when third to Moonovermanhattan in the Group 2 $200,000 Dilmah Exceptional Teas Vase (2040m) at Moonee Valley.
Go Indy Go’s final run of the Spring was in the Group 1 $1m Crown Oaks at Flemington and even though she ran on at the end of the 2040m in the Vase, failed to be competitive at the 2500m of the Oaks and was a well beaten seventh behind Set Square.