Trainer Chris Waller admits that the step-up to a mile is a concern for classy mare She’s Clean in the Group 3 Summoned Stakes (1600m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
She’s Clean has been the best backed runner in Summoned Stakes betting markets, now available at odds of $3.50, and performed well at her last start, when she flew home late to finish third behind Plucky Belle and Arinosa in the Group 3 Lavazza Short Black (1400) at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.
Waller was happy with the performance of She’s Clean, in what he believes is a strong form race, but believes there is a question mark over whether the Redoute’s Choice mare will run out a strong mile.
“It is a good form race; she had to come from last and had to circle the entire field and finished well,” Waller said.
“She has trained on very well.
“The mile is a bit of a concern; I don’t think we tried her at it and if we have she hasn’t performed at it.”
She’s Clean started her 2013 Spring Racing Carnival campaign with a promising fifth behind Arinosa in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) but failed to fire a fortnight later in the Group 3 The Nivison (1200m) at Royal Randwick on October 19.
The five-year-old was forced to trial after the poor performance, finishing at the tail of the field in a trial over 900 metres at Rosehill Gardens on October 29, and returned to her best form with her sharp finish on Melbourne Cup Day.
She’s Clean has recorded two victories at Listed level, beating Appearance in the Triscay Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm earlier this year and winning the June Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick in June, but has been unable to score a win at Group level.
Despite his concerns about the step-up to a mile, Waller believes that She’s Clean deserves a win at this level and is hopeful that tomorrow will deliver a breakthrough win for the Ingham Racing-owned mare.
“I think that she is ready for it, especially with the good gate, and she deserves to win the race,” Waller said.
Waller has already won a Group 3 race for the Ingham Racing team during the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival; with Dystopia winning the Mumm Stakes (1100m) at Flemington on Crown Oaks Day last week.