Somethingvain set to dictate its own path

Somethingvain

UNDER-RATED galloper Somethingvain’s form over the next month will create a clear pathway going forward for trainer Michael Rogers.

The talented daughter of Falkirk is chasing a breakthrough black type victory and the direction of the horse’s quest throughout the summer will depend on the immediate form of the lightly-raced six-year-old.

Somethingvain’s career-best performance came on its home track 12 months ago when she finished runner-up in the Group Two Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes and at Pukekohe on Saturday she will be bidding to go one better.

“We’re doing exactly the same with her as we did last year – one run and then this one a month later,” said Michael Rogers, who trains with his brother Matthew and their father Matt.

“She’s come back really well and she’s strengthened up with a spell.”

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Last year, Somethingvain was unplaced in an open sprint at Ellerslie ahead of the Breeders’ Stakes and this time around the horse finished third in the same lead-up event.

“She has progressed nicely and she’s in very good order, we’re pretty happy” Rogers said.

Victory on Saturday would earn Somethingvain, the winner of six of its 24 starts, a group one opportunity at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.

“If she wins we would have a crack at the Railway, if not then we would be looking at the Listed Newmarket and then the Westbury Classic,” Rogers said.

Somethingvain has finished fourth in the last two editions of the Group Two Westbury Classic, formerly run in March and now been brought forward to January 27.

“That improves the chances of a dry track, which suits her much better,” Rogers said.

“She hasn’t been served this year so we’re looking for a black type win for her to help her future value for the owners.”