Trainer Henry Dwyer will attempt to win the Group 1 $1m Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville on May 5 first up with new stable acquisition Legless Veuve.
Legless Veuve, who was previously trained by Stuart Webb, has a terrific fresh record of two wins and a second from four attempts and Dwyer said that he will have the mare spot on for the Group 1 for the fillies and mares race first up.
The four year old had her third barrier trial this preparation at Cranbourne on Monday with Craig Williams in the saddle and Dwyer said he was happy with her fifth placing over the 990m.
“We needed a solid trial this morning (Monday) and I think with one more gallop she’s going to be right where she needs to be for a big first-up run,” Dwyer told racing.com.
“She’s best fresh from all reports. She’s got issues which we are managing and think we’re on top of. We’re really happy with her soundness and her fitness is improving all the time.”
Dwyer was given the job of getting Legless Veuve ready for the Robert Sangster Stakes after Webb left the training ranks after being caught up in the ongoing inquiry by Racing Victoria Stewards into the pre-race treatment of a number of horses from a number of stables.
“She came to me with a mandate to win the Sangster first-up. She was unlucky in the race last year – probably finished midfield but didn’t have a lot of luck,” Dwyer said.
“She’s had two quiet trials and today (Monday) she had a solid hit-out and Craig (Williams) just said she was off the bit at the stop of the straight when they sprinted but she was really good on the line.
“I must say she looks great and soundness is good so she is going to run well fresh and we’ll see how long we can sustain her preparation.”
Legless Veuve was only beaten three and a half lengths when eighth behind Secret Agenda in last year’s Robert Sangster Stakes while her best winning effort was in the Group 2 $200,000 Schweppes Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield during the 2016 Melbourne Spring Carnival.
It has been just over twelve months since Legless Veuve has visited the winner’s stall with her victory in the Group 3 $150,000 Ladbrokes Manfred Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield during the 2017 Melbourne Autumn Carnival.
Legless Veuve is the winner of three of her twelve race starts and has earned just over $300,000 in prizemoney.