Trainer Andrew Noblet is keen to have a crack at the Newmarket Handicap with Super Cash who will test her credentials against star sprinter Chautauqua in the Rubiton Stakes at Caulfield.
Noblet has two stakes-winning mares, Silent Sedition and Super Cash, beginning their campaigns in separate Group races on Saturday with Silent Sedition to run in the Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) for mares.
Super Cash had also been nominated for that race but Noblet stuck to his plan to start her off over the shorter distance in the Rubiton.
“I’d rather start Super Cash over 1100 metres first-up,” Noblet said.
“I’m pretty keen to run her in the Newmarket and I think it’s a better lead-in.
“Whether we get a run or not in the Newmarket, that’s to be decided.”
The Newmarket (1200m) is on March 11 and Noblet has looked at the time-honoured handicap with Super Cash because she will get a light weight and has shown a liking for the straight course at Flemington.
Multiple Group One-winning sprinter Chautauqua is at $2.50 and headlines a field of eight for the Rubiton with Super Cash at $17.
“It’s probably come up pretty good but that’s OK,” Noblet said.
“She only had a light spring, spelled really well and has come back in good order.”
Noblet also hopes to give Silent Sedition her chance at Group One level this campaign and has two fillies and mares’ elite-level races in Sydney in mind.
“I couldn’t be happier with her condition,” Noblet said.
“She looks stacks better than she did in the spring. It took her coat a long time to come through in the spring and she’s just done so well. She’s grown a bit and filled out.”
Silent Sedition, who won the Summoned Stakes at the end of her spring campaign, will have two runs in Melbourne this month before a trip to Sydney where Noblet hopes to run her in the Coolmore Classic and Queen Of The Turf Stakes.
“She’s got a lot of ability and she tries damn hard. And that takes her a long way,” he said.
“She’s probably not as forward as she was first-up last time so I wouldn’t be surprised if she needed it a bit on Saturday.
“But she will run well. She doesn’t know how to run a bad race.”