Cover Girl’s Premier up in the air

The Sportsman Midweek - - The Trackwork Winners - By MARK OBERHARDT

MISS Cover Girl needs to prove to trainer Kelly Sch­weida she is wor­thy of a trip to Syd­ney.

Group 1-win­ning mare Miss Cover Girl will need im­prove in a trial this week if she is to head to Syd­ney for the Pre­miere Stakes.

Trainer Kelly Sch­weida had orig­i­nally in­tended to run Miss Cover Girl in The Shorts at Rand­wick won by Take­down on Sat­ur­day.

How­ever, he wasn’t happy with her ef­fort when last in a trial be­hind star sprinter Buf­fer­ing at Doomben on Septem­ber 7 and can­celled her Group 2 as­sign­ment.

“She has come back a bit fat. I just wasn’t happy with the way she tri­alled. They did go very fast in the trial but I didn’t like way hit the line,” Sch­weida said.

“She can trial again on to­day [Tues­day] at Deagon and she will want to im­prove a bit the first trial.”

If Sch­weida is happy Miss Cover Girl will go to Syd­ney for the Group 2 Pre­miere Stakes at Rand­wick on Oc­to­ber 1.

“We also have the Mel­bourne car­ni­val up our sleeve and there are plenty of races for her at the Magic Mil­lions day in Jan­uary,” Sch­weida said.

Miss Cover Girl hasn’t raced since she beat Azkadel­lia in the Tat­ter­sall’s Tiara at Ea­gle Farm in June.

Mean­while Buf­fer­ing worked strongly at Ea­gle Farm on Sat­ur­day morn­ing and pleased trainer Robert Heath­cote.

“He threw up a bit of dirt but it was strong work. I think he is as for­ward as he has ever been at this stage of a prepa­ra­tion,” Heath­cote said.

“Ryan Wig­gins rode Buf­fer­ing and said he had never worked bet­ter.”

Buf­fer­ing is be­ing aimed at a de­fence of the Group 1 Moir Stakes at Moonee Val­ley on Septem­ber 30 with Damian Browne.

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