Chelmsford Stakes 2012 To Decide Secret Admirer’s Spring

September 7th, 2012

Trainer Grahame Begg will be using tomorrow’s 2012 Chelmsford Stakes to decide where Secret Admirer will have her next race start.

The options for the talented mare are currently the Group 1 George Main Stakes in Sydney or the Group 1 Underwood Stakes in Melbourne, which will both run on Saturday September 22, 2102.

“Saturday will be a determining factor as to whether she stays here for the George Main or goes to Melbourne for the Underwood,” Begg said.

“Then it’s three weeks to the Caulfield Stakes over 2000 metres.”

After her Caulfield Stakes run on October 13, 2012, Secret Admirer is likely to run in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup 2012 the next weekend.

Secret Admirer was allocated 53 kilograms for the $2.5 million race when weights were released on Wednesday.

“I would have thought 53 kilos for a five-year-old mare was a nice weight,” Begg said.

“If she is running at weight-for-age she would then drop nicely in weight.

“We’ll also wait and see how the Cox Plate is shaping up.”

Secret Admirer will be second-up in the 2012 Chelmsford Stakes tomorrow after posting a promising second in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes last start behind Pinwheel.

Her trainer’s only concern is that she may not be at her best after her gutsy first-up effort.

When they run like she did first-up, sometimes they can be a bit flat second-up,” Begg said.

“That’s a little bit of a concern, and also how firm the ground could be, but in saying all that I’m confident she’ll run well.

“I don’t think Warwick Farm is really her track but we’re very happy with her.”

Secret Admirer has won three of her 17 race starts and has earned more than $1.11 million in prize money.

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