The Sportsman Weekend

Cox Plate an option if Sue is successful


AN untimely foot abscess cost inform mare Sierra Sue a shot at Group 1 glory last week’s Memsie Stakes but she is rearing and ready to go for tomorrow’s Group 2 Feehan Stakes (1600m) at The Valley.

daughter of Darci Brahma only missed one day’s work according to co-trainer Natalie Young and has plenty of fitness under her belt after a winter campaign in Brisbane.

“The abscess broke out on Saturday night which was 24 or 48 hours behind where we wanted to be,” Young said.

“I rode her in a gallop on Wednesday instead and she felt great. She worked really nicely.

“She changed legs well is back to 100 per cent.

“All in all, I am really happy with her and she should be in the mix at the finish.”

Sierra Sue didn’t have much luck go her way in Queensland with bad barriers and luckless runs and appreciate­d returning to her Cranbourne base.

Young said a fourth at Flemington in mid-July was a bit inconclusi­ve so she and co-trainer/ husband Trent Busuttin elected to send the mare to the Mildura Cup which she duly won before returning to Caulfield take out the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes three weeks ago.

“Her two recent wins have been very good and they shown she still wants to race,” Young said.

“Missing last week’s race means we have step her up to the mile but she has won over 1700m and

a nice gate in barrier 2 so should get a perfect sit just behind them.

“This is her first go at The Valley so we’ll see if she handles it.

“Winning the Feehan gives you an automatic spot in the Cox Plate. If she happens to win, it us the option of stepping her up in distance again and having a crack at it.”

 ??  ?? Sierra Sue steps up to the mile in tomorrow’s Feehan Stakes at The Valley.
Sierra Sue steps up to the mile in tomorrow’s Feehan Stakes at The Valley.

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