Trainer Joe Cleary is thrilled with the condition of stable star Chaquinta ahead of her first black type assignment in Saturday’s 2016 Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality Handicap (2400m) at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.
Chaquinta began her racing career under the guidance of Mick Price in early 2015, but has undoubtedly found his best condition and another gear since transferring to Cleary’s Queanbeyan base in spring last year.
Having taken out her three most recent starts over 2200m, 2700m and 2400m respectively with complete ease, Cleary is confident that the daughter of High Chaparral has earned her position in the field for the 2016 Stephen Quality Handicap, and is confident she will lay a typically good account for herself.
“We’ve gone back to the well once too often maybe but we’ve got to go back again and chase that black type,” Cleary told AAP.
“You take Antonio Giuseppe out of the equation and she’ll run the race of her life.
“Everyone suggests she’s just a wet-tracker, she’s actually not.
“She skips across the ground OK on top of it.”
Cleary admits that he did not think the mare would be kept away from the breeding barn when she failed to make up the distance and fourth in the McGrath Estate Agents BM67 (2200m) on August 3rd, but her three most recent performances suggest there’s still plenty for Chaquinta to give on the track.
“I thought that might have been curtains,” Cleary said.
“They suggested to go again and bang, bang, bang – we’ve got the picket fence.
“We’re just going to see how things pan out. There’s a chance that she may race on for another 12 months.”
Chaquinta carries a positive record of five wins and four minors from seventeen starts into her maiden black type appearance in the Colin Stephen Quality Handicap on Saturday.
The 2016 Colin Stephen Quality Handicap field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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