The Sportsman Weekend - - News - MATT JONES

HER blood­lines say she’ll strug gle to run the dis­tance, but trainer Bren­dan McCar thy says Blondie can stamp her­self as a VRC Oaks con­tender in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes at Flem­ing ton to­mor­row.

Blondie is by Re­ward For Ef­for t, who didn’t run at more than 1200m, and her dam, Di­vine Princess, never won past 1100m and is by Gen­eral Nediym.

“You couldn’t imag­ine it,” McCar thy said.

“She will re­lax. First-up she re­laxed too much and when he woke her up she just went ping and I’m hop­ing she’ll do that as she gets up over more ground.

“The race on Satur­day is go­ing to tell us a hell of a lot. At the mo­ment she’s ver y ver­sa­tile horse who will do any thing you want.”

McCar thy told pun­ters to put a line through Blondie’s last star t sixth to Leather’ n’ lace and a cou­ple of gear changes should make her more com­for ta­ble in to­mor­row’s race

“I’m still a lit­tle bit dumb­founded with her last run. We think she copped a whack over the head and wasn’t happy on in­side of other horses.

“I’ve put the blinkers and paci­fiers on to give her a bit of con­fi­dence around other horses.

“I think they’ll help her a lot. There’s no doubt in the amount of abil­ity she’s got, it ’s just about de­liv­er­ing it in the right way.”

Blondie will jump from gate nine and take a sit just off the lead­ing pack.

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