Securing several impressive results over the 2014 Australian racing calendar, trainer David Vandyke has revealed talented mare Arabian Gold will return to racing in autumn in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens in March.
Arguably hitting career-best form so far over the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival this year, Arabian Gold charged home to beat a classy field to the line in the featured Group 3 Golden Pendant (1400m) upon returning to racing in spring, but was unable to match the late pace of Trust In A Gust when beating just one runner home in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) on October 11th, leading to a longer-than-expected stint in the paddock.
Reportedly taking particularly well to her time away from work and racing, Vandyke outlined a path through the 2015 Autumn Carnival for the Dubawi mare beginning with a Coolmore Classic tilt, ahead of a return to Queensland to chase Group 1 success.
“She is fantastic,” Vandyke told Sky Racing HQ.
“She has really matured and done good from that back and I think we are going to see an improved mare when she hits the races.
“I’ll go three trials and then first-up in the Coolmore and then probably go second-up into the Queen Of The Turf then look at the Hollindale and Doomben Cup.
“We had her winning over 1400 after two trials this last preparation and I thought that if I give her an extra trial and we go to the 1500 I believe I can have her spot-on to try and capture her first Group 1 race.
“She has pretty much done everything but win a Group 1 race and we are really chasing that Group 1 win this time around.
“Looking at the way she is now I can see obvious physical improvement in her.
“If we manage things correctly and we have some luck this will be our season for her.”
Finishing eleventh in the Group 3 Keith F Nolan Classic (1400m) in March this year, Arabian Gold secured three impressive victories in the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (200m), Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (300m) and Group 2 The Roses (2000m) in succession before finishing an agonizingly-close second to Tinto in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) on May 31st.
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