Adelaide trainer Daniel Clarken will have to reassess riding tactics for Mircales Of Life after the flying filly drew the inside gate in the Group 1 $1m Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
Clarken and rider Lauren Stojakovic will meet to devise a riding plan that will take advantage of barrier one and try to keep the filly out of trouble as the two year olds jostle for positions in the first 400m scramble.
“We’ll just have to have a good look at where the speed is and go from there,” Clarken said.
Miracles Of Life hasn’t started since making it three from three winning the Listed $120,000 Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Preview for Fillies (1000m) at Caulfield on January 26 but Clarken has keep the filly on track and is happy with her progress.
“I could not have been happier,” Clarken said after the filly galloped on Tuesday morning.
“She’s worked with something that could gallop too, which is a bonus.”
“Both horses worked very strong.
“The two-year-old was a bit sharper but that’s why she’s in a Blue Diamond.”
“She’s pulled up well from the hit-out at this stage.”
Clarken admits that the inside gate could be a bit tricky and would preferred to have come up with a barrier closer to the middle of the fifteen horse field.
“Somewhere between five and eight,” Clarken said.
“You would like a bit of room, but it could have been 16.”
Clarken and owners Teeley Assets Ltd have stuck with unheralded Adelaide apprentice Lauren Stojakovic after she had partnered Miracles Of Life to all three wins including her last start runaway victory in the Blue Diamond Preview.
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy will have plenty of work to do on the Peter Snowden trained Guelph after the Exceed And Excel filly drew barrier thirteen, one outside of stablemate Metastasio.
“She will settle back anyway and hopefully come storming home,” McEvoy said.
“There is a lot of pace on her inside, which may suit.”
Glen Boss will ride Metastasio and takes over from McEvoy who has ridden the Street Cry filly to both her wins, including her last start win in the Listed $120,000 PFD Food Services Chairman’s Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on February 2.
And Sydney based Christian Reith, who is a regular rider for the Snowden stable, will take over from Craig Williams on the New Approach filly Montsegur after finishing second to Guelph in the Group 3 $150,000 Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) (1100m) at Caulfield on February 9.
Miracles Of Life and Guelph are battling for favouritism around the $3.30 mark each with Metastasio next in the betting at $7 while Thermal Current is the best of Peter Moody’s four runners at $8.
Melbounre’s leading trainer’s second pick Dissident is $26 and Snowden’s third runner Montsegur is a $31 chance while Moody’s other two runners Quest For Peace and Kona Breeze are outsiders at $41 and $51.