Monash Stakes winner Supido is not a certain starter for the rescheduled Group 3 $150,000 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Sandown on Sunday.
The Bletchingly Stakes was set down to be run at Caulfield last Saturday with a field of thirteen but the weight for age sprint was rescheduled for Sunday’s Ladbrokes Park Lakeside meeting at Sandown after the Caulfield meeting was called off after race four because of the gale force winds that were sweeping across the course.
Several trainers have already confirmed that they will take their place in the postponed running of the Bletchingly Stakes, but trainer Mick Kent will make a final decision later in the week if Supido will line up on Sunday.
“I’ll have a chat to the owners, but we might instead go straight to the McEwan,’’ Kent told the Herald Sun.
“The long-term aim with him is to head towards the Moonee Valley sprints beginning with the McEwen in six weeks,” Kent said.
“So he could run next Sunday or in the Aurie’s Star the following Saturday at Flemington or even not have another run until the McEwen, but there’s no reason why he physically couldn’t run next Sunday.
“It’s not like he’s a horse that needed the race to keep fit but I’ll speak with the owners on Monday and make a decision.”
Supido’s main 2017 Melbourne Spring Carnival targets are the Group 1 $500,000 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on September 29 and the Group 1 $1m Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on October 27.
Kent is also keen to run the Sebring stallion in the Group 2 $200,000 Mitty’s McEwen Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on September 9.
Supido resumed from a spell to score a convincing win in the Group 3 $150,000 PFD Food Services Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on July 15 but is yet to win at Group 1 level with his best effort being a third behind Black Heart Bart and Under The Louvre in the 2016 Group 1 $500,000 Darley Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville.
Trainer Mick Price is happy for his star sprinter Lankan Rupee and stablemate Duke Of Brunswick to take their place in the second version of the Bletchingly Stakes and the up and coming sprinter Ability from the Robert Smerdon stable will also head to Sandown on Sunday.