Brad Waters – 31 Mar 2015
Blackiston based Suavito’s entire campaign on getting the mare into the field for the $3 million event but not even a win in the Group I Futurity Stakes at Caulfield secured her a Doncaster Mile start.
Suavito’s handicap of 50kg remained untouched with her Futurity and Blamey Stakes wins not entitling her to a penalty.
“Until you see your name in the field, you don’t know, so it was a bit of a relief to see her there,” Blackiston said.
Drawing barrier one has also enhanced Blackiston’s chances of a second Group I win in Sydney after Littorio won The BMW in 2010.
However, Blackiston rates the Doncaster Mile as one of the toughest races for a trainer to win with the big field competing under handicap conditions making the event one of the nation’s most competitive contests.
“For me it is the hardest race on the Australian racing calendar. It’s just a tough, tough race to win,” Blackiston said.
“She’s got a light weight and she’s a tough mare. Now she’s got a decent gate, she’ll be right there.”
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