They’ll want to be Nimble
A BIG drop in weight and an ideal barrier draw for Tuesday’s Listed Carrington Stakes (1100m) at Randwick looks to have Al Be Nimble on the verge of a first stakes win.
The lightly-raced sprinter carried 58.5kg when running down Hurried Choice to win a Rating 88 race at Randwick a fortnight ago over the same course and distance as the Carrington.
He will be on the limit of 53kg and start from barrier two in tomorrow’s Listed feature, only the second stakes race to be staged in Sydney since the resumption of racing after EI.
Jockey Larry Cassidy, who has formed a successful partnership with trainer Gwenda Markwell in the past couple of months, believes Al Be Nimble is the one to beat on Tuesday.
The barrier draw is a big help,’’ Cassidy said.
He’s going to get cover straight away and just be able to possy up behind the lead and I think he’ll be too strong.’’
Cassidy was impressed by the manner in which Al Be Nimble beat Hurried Choice last start.
He backed-up from the week before which took the edge off him because he can tend to over-race. I was able to get him to relax and when he does that he really can produce an awesome finish,’’ he said.
Markwell’s racing manager Len Fownes told this week Al Be Nimble was in good order ahead of his Carrington test.
He has trained on very well,’’ Fownes said.
It was a great ride (by Larry Cassidy) and a great win last start. It was nice to see him sit back and come from behind.
He did a great job to get past Hurried Choice. I think he’s a very tidy sprinter.’’
Al Be Nimble could have a break after Tuesday’s race to be set for the autumn carnival.
He’ll have to stand up and be counted on New Year’s Day,’’ Cassidy said.
After that race, if he wins, I guess Gwenda will turn him out and give him a let-up and then look to some better sprint races.’’
Al Be Nimble’s best result in a stakes race so far was a second to Slow Waltz in the Darby Munro (1200m) in March.
The mare Mi Jubilee showed improved form first-up for trainer Chris Waller last start and can be competitve in the Carrington should she re-produce that type of effort.
Mi Jubilee sat outside Pasikatera in a 1300m Open Handicap at Rosehill and fought right to the line, finishing a gallant second. Waller told
he expects the run to have improved Mi Jubilee ahead of the Carrington.
This is a bit shorter and a bit unorthodox, I guess, coming back from 1300m to 1100m but that’s what EI does. At the moment we are just trying to put her in races we think she’ll be competitive in,’’ Waller said.
The other option was to run her over 1400m in the Villiers next week but I thought this race was the better option.’’
Waller said the mare had went as well as he hoped first-up.
I know she’s full of ability,’’ he said.
She won a Group One in New Zealand, although that form was a long time ago, so it was pleasing to see her race well, and also a little surprising.’’
Carrington Stakes cracker . . . Al Be Nimble (Larry Cassidy) winning at Rosehill in December