Ilovethiscity will attempt to execute revenge on Pinwheel in tomorrow’s Sebring Sprint at Rosehill after he was beaten by the gelding at Warwick Farm last start.
Peter Snowden‘s Pinwheel ran down Ilovethiscity in the final 200 metres of last month’s Group 2 Warwick Stakes and the two quality competitors will meet once again tomorrow.
Ilovethiscity will be coming back in distance to 1,300 metres for the $200,000 race.
“I don’t think the fact he is coming back in distance is a problem,” trainer Grahame Begg said.
“We like Ilovethiscity coming off a bit more speed. The 1300m is more of a positive than anything.”
Ilovethiscity has drawn barrier two for the Group 2 event.
“I couldn’t be any happier with him,” Begg said.
“He should enjoy a nice run from the inside barrier and it’s a similar scenario to when he won the Hobartville Stakes (second-up last autumn).”
Begg plans to send Ilovethiscity to Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick, but remains hopeful that the venue is changed to Rosehill due to the main grandstand’s structural issues.
“At this stage, he will be on a quick back-up into the George Main Stakes,” he said.
“If the race happens to be over 1500m at Rosehill, then that will be to his advantage.”
However, nothing is set in stone for Ilovethiscity, with Begg saying he may still elect to send the four-year-old Magic Albert entire to the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield instead.
“With Ilovethiscity, I want to see how he goes (tomorrow),” Begg said.
“There is still a chance he could go to Melbourne for the Rupert Clarke Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield, that’s if we decided to miss the George Main Stakes.”