They’ll want to be Nim­ble

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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

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