FOUR-YEAR-OLD mare Shazee Lee is seeking to get back on track in the Tibbie Stakes at Newcastle on Friday having run well down the track in the Toy Show at Randwick last start.
The Scott Singleton-trained mare was brilliant when winning the Hawkesbury Guineas at its start prior and Singleton will be looking for a return to form which saw it defeat some handy three-year-olds on that occasion.
“I was expecting more last start, she trialled well leading into it, but the track was rock hard and they were running records that day,” Singleton told Horsebetting.com.au.
“I just don’t think she let down on it and was a little keen early.
“Jay Ford (jockey) said to put a line through it.”
The Hawkesbury-based trainer had it ready to go for the Mona Lisa Stakes at Wyong, but a floating incident forced Singleton to scratch prior to the race.
“We had her ready to go at Wyong in the Mona Lisa, but she was heavily in season and she went off in the float,” Singleton said. “I had to scratch her and take her back to the trials.
“She trialled good and I think she’s going better than what she showed last start.
“She seems in good order.”
Singleton hasn’t set any plans for the three-time winner and instead will just want a positive run from the daughter of Ready’s Image.
“I just want to see that she’ll measure up to those fillies and mares races,” he said. “Then we’ll look for something in the future.”
Singleton also lines up Concessions in the Black Angus Beef Handicap which is coming off a third placing at Wyong where it loomed to win, but might not have been suited by the track.
“She’s a nice enough mare and I probably expected her to win the other day, but she lugged a little bit,” Singleton said. “I don’t think she got around Wyong very well.
“She’s had a gap between runs, has the blinkers on for Friday and I’d expect her to be competitive in that race.”
The four-year-old mare was considered good enough to run in the Kembla Grange Classic (fifth) and the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (eighth) last campaign, but Singleton is just looking to get another win on the board before looking any further.
“Things are going well at home, but I would prefer 1800m for Friday but the races were there,” he said.
“I think she’s town class, but I want her to win something like Friday’s race before taking her there.”