Trainer Ciaron Maher has been thrilled with the condition of Azkadellia this time and has revealed the mare is primed for a typically big performance in Saturday’s 2016 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens.
A strong and consistent performer for Maher through the recent Spring Carnival, Azkadellia resumed this time for second in the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) before savaging the line for success in the Group 3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m) a fortnight ago.
Maher told Racing Ahead the Shinko King mare has taken well to her time in Sydney and is confident she is ready to fire in the 2016 Coolmore Classic.
“She travelled up there a couple of days ago and has settled in well,” Maher said.
“She had a maintenance gallop this morning. She didn’t need a strong gallop, just a familiarisation with the place and that way of going and it all seems pretty good at this stage.
“She raced that way in New Zealand before she came over and I think she won that way.”
Maher concedes Azkadellia faces plenty of stiff competition in the 2016 Coolmore Classic and but remains confident the talented mare is more than up to the mark.
“Like any Group 1 race they’re not going to give it away – it will be a quality field,” Maher said.
“Solicit is in good form, Ghisoni is a horse on the up, also Politeness has got the score on the board.
“She’s shown she’s up to that class and I think at the weight scale she gets in really well.”
Azkadellia has posted a commendable five wins and as many minor through eleven career starts so far; beginning her career in New Zealand before being purchased and transferred to Maher’s care after only one start.
Resuming in spring for success in the Condo’s Horse Transport BM78 (1400m), Azkadellia progressed to second in the Group 3 G1X.com.au Stakes (1600m) before producing arguably a career-best performance to date for third in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) on October 31st.
The 2016 Coolmore Classic field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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