UNEQUIVOCAL PRIMED FOR FEATURE TASK
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.