15 horses have been nominated for the 2012 Coolmore Classic, which is due to take place at Rosehill racecourse this Saturday March 24, 2012.
Secret Admirer is included in the 2012 Coolmore Classic nominations.
The four-year-old mare finished third first-up this prep in the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes before running fifth in the Listed Wiggle Stakes last start.
Grahame Begg is hopeful she can turn her form around in time for this weekend’s Coolmore Classic.
“’I have had two close seconds and Dual Treasures ran third (in 1991) the year Quicksilver Cindy beat Whisked, and Palacio De Cristal also ran third,” Begg said.
”So it has been a frustrating race.”
Begg believes the 2012 Coolmore Classic will suit Secret Admirer more than her previous starts.
”(Secret Admirer) will have top weight but she has earned it, and as long as there is enough speed she will be right in it,” Begg said.
”What people say are her two worst runs have been when there was no pace, and they sprinted home in the Shannon last year and last start in the Wiggle.
”She just can’t go with them when they do that.
“She hasn’t put a foot wrong since her last run, and worked very strongly on the (Kensignton) track on Saturday morning.”
Begg views Guy Walter’s Streama as the biggest threat to Secret Admirer’s chances in the 2012 Coolmore Classic.
”(Streama) is an outstanding filly, and Guy Walter always gets his horses to improve as they get into a preparation,” Begg said.
”It is very hard for three-year-old fillies as they get up in the weights in this race because they quickly become too close to the older mares.”
Ofcourseican, Steps In Time and Bliss Street are also included in the 2012 Coolmore Classic nominations.
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2012 Coolmore Classic Nominations
|2||ALBERTON PARK (NZ)||John O’Shea||–|
|3||BLISS STREET||Daniel Morton||–|
|4||DO RA MI (NZ)||Peter G Moody||90|
|7||KING’S ROSE (NZ)||Peter G Moody||–|
|8||LADYS ANGEL||Joseph Pride||100|
|10||RED TRACER||Chris Waller||108|
|11||SECRET ADMIRER||Grahame Begg||113|
|12||STEPS IN TIME||John O’Shea||107|