First up specialist Legless Veuve won’t have any fitness worries for her first run since May when she lines up in the Group 3 $150,000 Ladbrokes Odd Boost Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
Legless Veuve is a two times first up winner from three attempts and hasn’t faced the starter since finishing eighth to Secret Agenda in the Group 1 $1m Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville on May 6.
Caulfield trainer Stuart Webb said that Legless Veuve has done plenty of work for her return to the race track, including two jump outs, and the four year old mare worked stylishly on Tuesday morning.
“She had a couple of jump outs and had a good gallop here this morning (Tuesday) on the course proper so I don’t think fitness will be an issue,” Webb told racing.com.
“She is a very laid back lazy filly. It is always hard to get a gauge and that is probably why she surprised me a few times. She is well.”
Legless Veuve is a winner at Group 2 level in the $200,000 Schweppes Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield during the 2016 Melbourne Spring Carnival and Webb said that she is racing in her right class first up in the Ladbrokes Odds Boost Stakes.
“I think this is about her grade. I think she will be better placed in the Autumn, maybe the Sangster next Autumn,” Webb said.
“So if she can stay at this level, I don’t think she is quite Group 1 in Spring grade but in the Autumn if she can be third up in a Sangster or something like that it would be ideal.”
“She is in her right grade. A genuine Group 2, Group 3 contender.”
“We are out of our three year old year now, she is an open mare so she probably has to step up to that next level as well.”
Legless Veuve is at the double figure odds of $17 at Ladbrokes.com.au for the Ladbrokes Odds Boost Stakes and has drawn nicely at barrier four in the sixteen horse field with Luke Currie having his first race ride on the Pins mare.
There is plenty of congestion at the top of the market order with the Robbie Laing trained Missrock holding a slight advantage at $4.80 over Ravi and Fuhryk who share the second line of betting at $5.