Dual-state trainer Lindsey Smith says he will decide by the middle of the week whether to roll the dice and back up his impressive Caulfield Autumn Classic winner Adelaide Ace in Saturday's $1 million Australian Guineas at Flemington.
The Perth-based handler, who also operates out of Warrnambool where he took over banned trainer Darren Weir's old stables, has ambitious plans for the son of former Cox Plate hero Savabeel, with tilts at derbies in Western Australia and South Australia on the horizon.
But the lure of the Guineas remains, even though the gelding is more likely to have a preparatory race over 2040 metres at Moonee Valley in the Alister Clark Stakes next month.
Jockey John Allen rides Adelaide Ace to victory in the Caulfield Autumn Classic.Credit:Getty Images
"I will see how things are and wait until Tuesday or Wednesday to see what happens. I would say the favourite way is to go to the Alister Clark," Smith said.
"He felt the ground on Saturday (when he led all the way in the 1800-metre Classic on a surface rated a Good 3). That's probably why he drifted out a bit in the straight."
Adelaide Ace shapes as one of the better staying prospects and would be a live chance in either of the 2400-metre derbies he might contest in Perth on April 11 as well as in Adelaide on May 9.
It is an unusual combination, but the Bob Peters-owned filly Delicacy landed the double in 2015.
Adelaide Ace – so named because his owner, Doctor Prabhash Goel, is from SA – was due to run in the Victoria Derby last spring but had to be withdrawn because of shin soreness.
Connections had also received some hefty offers to sell him, but with Hong Kong buyers ready to complete a deal the horse failed a vet's test when he was declared a windsucker.
Saturday's winning jockey John Allen has already won two SA derbies and believes Adelaide Ace could measure up at Morphettville wherever his lead-up takes him.
"Is he a mile-and-a-half horse? He has the right attitude to get there anyhow," Allen said.
"He does relax well and does things right. He will give himself every chance to do it anyway."
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