Cellargirl staged one of the more remarkable winning efforts on Brisbane tracks in recent times after being given no hope by most observers when she dropped out early on Mekka Wednesday.
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But under apprentice Jag Guthmann-Chester, Cellargirl was able to reel off a final split of 33 seconds flat (according to Vince Accardi’s Daily Sectionals) to win the midweek event and even have a near three-length margin to spare on the line.
“I’ve still got no idea why that happened,” Schweida said. “It’s a bit of a worry, because it makes it impossible for me to do a speed map for this race.
“We’ve drawn a bit awkward and with that last start in the back of my mind, I don’t know whether we should risk pushing forward or just drop back.”
Schweida also conceded Cellargirl was bumping into an above average race, with Mishani Bullitt, I Am Impinge and Snitz also very talented types.
“I very nearly went to Sydney to run in the Furious Stakes, which mightn’t have been a bad option given how small the field came up, but in the end we decided to stay at home,” he said.
Like stablemate Shogun Sun, Schweida has Golden Rose ambitions for Cellargirl if she runs to expectations on Saturday.
Chris Anderson said Mishani Bullitt was still “six months away” despite already boasting a Group 1 fourth and impressive first-up win over older horses.
“The penny hasn’t dropped and he’s still got a lot to learn. I think he will be a very good horse in six months and even better in the winter next year.”
Mishani Bullitt’s goal in the next six months is the Magic Millions Guineas, but his trainer felt he would be better as distances stretch out and he was concerned a couple of others may be too sharp over 1350m on Saturday.
“I am a bit stunned at how strong these three-year-old races have been in the past fortnight,’’ he said. ‘‘You basically need a stakes class horse to win them. It’s a test for him with 59kg, but I’m sure he will be very strong to the line again.”
Anderson also has Mystic Opal, who will resume against hot favourite Havasay today.
“I thought she was a touch disappointing in her two trials, so we’ve changed a few things since then and her gallop Tuesday was good,” he said.
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