Sedanzer has the Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara on her radar provided she can replicate her form during the summer for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.
The training partnership had considered running the four-year-old during the autumn carnival but following Sedanzer’s close second in January’s Magic Millions Trophy (2200m) at the Gold Coast, decided on a return trip to Queensland.
Sedanzer resumes in the Group 3 Godolphin Crown (1300m) at Hawkesbury on Saturday when Bott hopes she can forge ahead to the Group Three Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) at Scone and ultimately Doomben on June 23. Jockey Tim Clark will ride the mare at Hawkesbury.
“We’ll try and go on that path. We’ll look to try and keep her to those shorter distances for the fillies and mares,” Bott said.
He said Waterhouse had been tempted pick out a target during autumn but erred on the side of caution.
“We were mindful that she’d been up for a while and that we got her right up in trip for the Magic Millions,” he said. “We wanted to give her that break, get a bit of speed into her legs and go for this type of program.”
Sedanzer made the step up from three-year-old racing to open class with three Benchmark Handicap wins and a second placing in the Group 2 Belle Of The Turf (1600m) to one of Saturday’s rivals Pecans, before heading to the Gold Coast. Sedanzer has had two trials over 900m and 1030m and Bott was delighted with how she has returned from her break.
“She’s very genuine, she’s been training well it’s up to her now to show she’s ready to take that next step.”
Sedanzer has been well backed, firming from $4.60 into $4.00 favourite and heads the Jason Coyle-trained White Moss on $5.00.
Meanwhile, Sydney jockey Kerrin McEvoy will hop a plane to Hong Kong after he has a full-book of rides at Hawkesbury.
McEvoy will partner the talented but erratic Pakistan Star in the Group 1 QEII Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday. It will be a busy weekend for McEvoy with rides in nine of the 10 races Sha Tin.
Silvestre De Sousa was originally booked for Pakistan Star but was substituted because of uncertainty over suitable travel arrangements from England to Hong Kong.
Tommy Berry steered Pakistan Star in his latest enforced trial last Friday which he completed without incident. Berry rides Japanese horse Danburite in the Cup.