DARREN Weir still has two runners in contention for a start in the Caulfield Cup.
Lake Sententia and Ava’s Delight were yesterday among 98 first acceptors, as well as the Cox Plate with stablemate Puissance de Lune.
The Dan O’Sullivan-trained Tuscan Fire is the other Ballarat-trained stayer still targeting the Caulfield Cup, 2400m, on Saturday, October 19. Lake Sententia has not raced since winning back-to-back races at Morphetville and Moonee Valley in May-June this year.
The six-year-old has won six of 12 starts, including the listed Centaurea Stakes, 2009m, in Adelaide.
Ava’s Delight is another lightly raced mare. The four-year-old is a four-time winner in 15 starts. She resumed with a third to stablemate Bec Said No Credit at Caulfield on August 31, and is nominated for the group 2 $220,000 W.H. Stocks Stakes, 1600m, at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
Tuscan Fire continued his path towards the Caulfield Cup with a creditable run in the group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes, 1600m, at Flemington on Saturday.
In his first outing in group 1 company, Tuscan Fire raced not far off the pace before being out-sprinted in the closing stages to finish 11th – within five lengths of winner Foreteller. O
ther Ballarat first acceptors for spring feature races include:
CAULFIELD GUINEAS on October 12:
Michael Kent*: Pyrrolic
Patrick Payne*: Late Charge
Robert Smerdon*: Hill Spy
Tony Vasil*: Duran, Prince Harada, The Bowler
Darren Weir: Trust In A Gust
THOUSAND GUINEAS on Wednesday, October 16:
Mick Kent*: Godiva Rock, Marianne, The Huntress, Scratchy Bottom
Robert Smerdon*: Politeness, Every Faith, Go Again
Tony Vasil*: Celeritas
Darren Weir: Springalon, Scarlet Billows, Street Allure, May’s Dream