Karaka Million 2YO winner Probabeel will further her progress towards an upcoming Australian campaign when she steps out at the Rotorua trials on Tuesday.
The Savabeel filly has been on the easy list after her stunning victory at Ellerslie in late January with trainer Jamie Richards ready to step up her workload as she prepares to head to Sydney to tackle the Gr.3 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on March 16.
“She’s coming along nicely after a bit of a break, so it will be nice to see where she is at with the trial,” Richards said.
“She looks a picture and the pressure from the trial run should just clean her up nicely before she gets on the plane for Sydney.
“She will run in the Magic Night Stakes at Rosehill on the 16th and then we will reassess from there.”
Probabeel’s major Sydney target is the Gr.1 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick on April 6.
Richards also confirmed three of his juvenile team will tackle the Gr.1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie next Saturday.
“At this stage it looks likes we will have three in the Sistema Stakes,” he said.
“Yourdeel, Equinox and Aotea Lad are all set to line up although Equinox will only run if there is a firm track.
“He was a little disappointing at Matamata last time, but we have put that down to the slow track that day as he dipped and dived all over the place and wasn’t comfortable at all.”
The three stable runners clashed at Matamata on February 23 in the Listed Waikato Stud Slipper (1200m) with Yourdeel defeating Aotea Lad while Equinox finished back in fifth. – NZ Racing Desk