Spring Stakes placegetters Dalasan and Kemalpasa could be headed to the same Flemington meeting next month.
Dalasan will have one more run in Adelaide before being aimed at the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on September 12.
The same program includes the Group 2 Bobby Lewis Quality (1200m) and the Morphettville team of Richard and Chantelle Jolly are considering the sprint for Kemalpasa.
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Both horses impressed their respective stables with their return to racing in the Spring Stakes at Morphettville last Saturday. Dalasan finished second behind another Melbourne-bound galloper Behemoth, while Kemalpasa, restricted to just one run in his previous campaign because of injury, was third.
Dalasan will contest the Leon Macdonald Stakes, formerly known as the Penny Edition Stakes and now named in honour of his trainer, at Morphettville next Saturday, before being sent to Victoria.
“It was an excellent run in the Spring Stakes,” Macdonald said. “The wide barrier didn’t help, he was forced to go back and was giving horses too much start.
“He finished off well and pulled up well so I’m happy with him.”
Kemalpasa’s next mission will be a Listed race over 1200m at Moonee Valley on September 5 or the Bobby Lewis Quality. Richard Jolly said the gelding went into the Spring Stakes less than 100 per cent fit and was always going to need the run.
“We were more than happy with last week,” Jolly said. “He has pulled up good and should just get better with each run.
“He will probably run at Moonee Valley, but the Bobby Lewis is an option. Depending on how he goes, there are multiple options coming up and we will just take it run by run at this stage.”
Kemalpasa had not raced since a pulled muscle behind the shoulder was discovered after the R N Irwin at Morphettville on April 18.
“We gave him a good break because of the injury and he has had time to recover,” Jolly said. “Touch wood, there have been no problems since.”
Morphettville will host a rare 10-race program on Saturday after the meeting attracted 118 nominations, prompting the decision to split the maiden into two divisions.
Over the past 12 months, Thoroughbred Racing SA has pushed hard to boost field sizes and Saturday meetings regularly have more starters than the corresponding meeting a year ago.
BALAKLAVA PUSHES FOR BIGGER CUP CROWD
Balaklava Racing Club is hopeful the crowd for its popular Cup meeting on September 16 can swell to 4000, following an approach to SA Health.
The current limit of 1000 tickets has already been snapped up and the club has submitted a COVID-19 safety plan, as well as a coronavirus management plan, in a bid to have its numbers increased.
“We have been in contact with SA Health and the situation is being reviewed as we speak,” BRC chief executive Doug Hall said. “Hopefully we can get more through the gate.
“We have people on a waiting list and are up to almost 2000.
“At this stage I doubt there will be any walk-up tickets available.
“The good thing about our system, we have the names and phone numbers of every person who is going to be at the track.
“I believe if we can extend our numbers to 4000, it would sell out next week.”
Hall said the club had hosted a publicans’ day two weeks ago and tickets had sold out in minutes. The club is again offering a $20,000 incentive for any trainer who can produce the winners of the TQCSI Cup, over 1600m, and the Coopers Stakes, over 1200m.
To claim the lucrative prize, which is yet to be won in the five years it has been available, trainers must have had the winning horses in their stable for at least three months.
“It does improve the quality of the horses in the sprint,” Hall said.
“Not so much the Cup, because the quality is already there.
“Trainers looking to take horses to Melbourne may leave them here for a couple more weeks because of the pandemic.
“The Cup has a good record as a lead-up to the spring and while we are two weeks later this year, that won’t hurt us. And despite COVID-19, our sponsors have again been tremendous with their support and we were fortunate to have TQCSI, which is a success story for the state, come on board this year.”