The Sportsman Special Issue - - 72 - SHAYNE O’CASS

NOEL May­field-Smith (pic­tured) says the six-year-old mare Un­equiv­o­cal is go­ing at least as well as when she fin­ished sec­ond to Group 1 win­ning sta­ble­mate Fa­mous Sea­mus in last year’s $150,000 Listed Ladies Day Cup (1400m).

The daugh­ter of Not A Sin­gle Doubt has run just four times since in­clud­ing a sec­ond to Ravi dur­ing the Bris­bane Sum­mer car­ni­val.

Un­equiv­o­cal’s only run this sea­son was a clos­ing 3.1-lens sev­enth of nine in a Bench­mark 88 Hand­i­cap over 1020m at Rand­wick on Oc­to­ber 21.

“The Ladies Day Cup is the race we have tar­geted but we would have liked to have gone into it third-up or with a cou­ple of tri­als but it just didn’t work out that way,” May­field­Smith said.

“That said, she has a very good sec­ond-up record. She seems to be go­ing as least as well this year. A cou­ple of things that are bet­ter with her is that she seems to be get­ting out of the gates, she had trou­ble hit­ting her legs which she is not do­ing this time around.”

Un­equiv­o­cal has won three out of her 30 starts but it’s her get back/run on pat­tern than has ham­pered her strike rate.

“There are a num­ber of races that she has got too far back in and just couldn’t make up the ground par­tic­u­larly when you are up against bet­ter horses,” May­field-Smith said.

“She is a lot bet­ter than what her win record sug­gests.”

Un­equiv­o­cal has a ma­jor ob­sta­cle in Thurs­day’s fea­ture in the shape of Fabrizio from the Water­house/Bott camp.

The son of High Cha­parral has been to the venue only once be­fore lead­ing through­out to snare the Group 3 Hawkes­bury Cup (1600m) on April 29.

Fabrizio is a noted first-up per­former with two wins and a third from four ‘ fresh’ runs.

On top of that, the geld­ing has looked ra­zor sharp in his lead-ups no­tably his 2.5-lens win in a 1200m heat at the Rand­wick bar­rier tri­als on Oc­to­ber 31.

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