The return to racing of 2013 Blue Diamond winner Miracles of Life may be delayed as the wet Adelaide weather plays havoc with her preparation.
The Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) on August 13th was set to be the original spring kick-off point for the rising three-year-old but trainer Daniel Clarken said the lack of opportunity to gallop and the postponement of trials means she may not be ready to run that early into the Spring Racing Carnival.
“Everything is going along nicely with her, but with the tracks being so wet it has been making it a little hard to get a good gallop in,” Clarken told The Advertiser.
“We had planned to give her a trial at Morphettville on the 29th but those trials have now been shifted, which hasn’t really helped us.”
Clarken said he is yet to map out a full spring campaign for Miracles of Life, although the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) on VRC Derby Day is expected to be her main target.
Miracles of Life’s win in the 2013 Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) was arguably the racing story of the year as she propelled Clarken and apprentice jockey Lauren Stojakovic into the racing limelight.
The Not A Single Doubt filly record two dominant victories by a total of fourteen and a half lengths in two starts at Morphetville Parks in Adelaide, with Stojakovic on board, before destroying a strong field in the Listed Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) by four and a half lengths.
The pressure was on Clarken and owners Teeley Assets to replace Stojakovic with a more experienced jockey for the Blue Diamond but they remained loyal and Stojakovic repaid them with a gem of a ride as Miracles of Life recorded an emphatic one and a half length win.
The win was Clarken’s first success as a trainer at Group level but he is hopeful for more strong results in the spring.