Tal­ented mare on black type path

The Southland Times - - RACING - NZ Rac­ing Desk.

Wet track spe­cial­ist Art Deco is lim­ber­ing up for her favourite time of the year.

The Taranaki five-year-old was knock­ing on the stakes door last prepa­ra­tion and trainer Al­lan Shar­rock is con­fi­dent she can go to an­other level in the com­ing months.

‘‘She’s a good mare and she’s a lot stronger now,’’ he said.

‘‘I was a bit sur­prised she didn’t get black type last time and I’m sure she can this time.’’

The win­ner of five races on rain-af­fected go­ing, Art Deco hasn’t raced since she fin­ished a close sixth be­hind Dol­cetto in the Gr.3 Boehringer Met­ric Mile (1600m) at Awa­puni in Septem­ber. ‘‘She’ll prob­a­bly have a trial and I might step her out in the open sprint at New Ply­mouth next month,’’ Shar­rock said.

‘‘She’s had a cou­ple of jumpouts and she’s com­ing up re­ally well. She’s fur­nished into a much stronger mare now.’’

Mean­while, the Gr.1 Auck­land Cup (3200m) win­ner Ladies First is thriv­ing dur­ing her time off with Shar­rock al­ready con­sid­er­ing pro­gramme op­tions to­ward the Gr.1 Mel­bourne Cup (3200m) later this year.

‘‘We’ll work our way back,’’ he said.

‘‘Be­fore the Cup she did 9900km and the master Bart Cum­mings al­ways said to do 10,000km so I wasn’t far off.

‘‘She’ll prob­a­bly end up in the Li­va­mol Clas­sic at Hast­ings in her first run over ground in the spring and we’ll move on from there.’’

Shar­rock has also been keep­ing a close watch on his sta­ble star Kawi dur­ing the seven-time Group One win­ner’s time away from the sta­ble.

‘‘I see him quite often and he looks re­ally good,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ll con­cen­trate on a beach­style regime when he comes back and keep his joints as good as we can.’’

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