Booker is likely to contest the Group1 Oakleigh Plate after winning the Kevin Hayes Stakes. She is a daughter of Written Tycoon who is trained by Mathew Ellerton. This was her first race since she pulled up a sore in the springs during the Thousand Guineas race. Dawayne Dunn guided booker well, a thing which ensured that she controlled the race well. Perhaps the only challenge she faced came from See Me Exceed and Leather’nlace in the straight but she was able to fight it off.
According to the trainer Ellerton, he would consider fielding her in the 1100 m race in Oakleigh Plate. Booker took charge of the race in the straight and raced the first 150m under no stress. He described her as an impressive filly that looks like a 3-year old colt who pulled up well in the race. The filly was purchased at $230,000 at Melbourne Yearling Sales, and so far she had won over $400,000 in prizemoney.
In another development, Merchant Navy will participate in the next month’s Newmarket Handicap. This is according to the trainer Aaron Purcell. The colt finished third in the Rubiton Stakes. Aaron further said that last year’s Coolmore Stakes was not suitable for the colt. This is why he wants to focus on Newmarket, and he anticipates that Merchant Navy will be the horse to watch in the race.
Meanwhile, Super Cash ($4.6) returned to the Rubitons after beating Flamberge ($14) to the second place while the Merchant Navy who had been considered the favorite took the third position. Noblet said that he was happy that Super Cash took the first position and he was planning to keep her fresh as he focusses his eyes on group one Sangster Stakes to be held in Adelaide in May. He said that last time, they gave her a run but this time around, they would just go for the Sangster. However, he indicated that they would try to ensure that she remains fresh and allow her time to rest as they prepare her for the Adelaide Group 1 race.