AWAY from the headline horse, the Macdonald-Gluyas stable has an interesting runner going around in Melbourne this Saturday – and another might be crossing the border soon.
While the spotlight will be on Dalasan’s attempt to win the inaugural Leon Macdonald Stakes at Listed level at Morphettville, the stable is sending promising three-year-old Extra Time to Caulfield for the Group 3 McNeil Stakes over 1200m.
Extra Time is already a black-type winner, capturing the National Stakes (since renamed the David Cole AM Stakes) for two-year-olds at Morphettville during the autumn carnival. The son of Shooting to Win returned from a break with an inglorious eighth behind Behemoth and Dalasan in the Spring Stakes on August 15, but Macdonald is tipping an improved showing this weekend.
“He overraced in the Spring Stakes,” Macdonald said.
“We’ve removed the blinkers from him, and put winkers on him, just to help him a bit, and I think he’ll be better suited by that.”
Extra Time gets the services of in-form hoop Jamie Kah on Saturday.
Macdonald said stablemate Pimm’s Party is likely to cross the border this spring, after the three-year-old filly made an auspicious racetrack debut at Morphettville last Saturday, scoring a convincing three-length win.
“I don’t know about big plans, (but) she will be tried in Victoria to see if she’s up to it,” he said.
“The way the races here are restricted don’t really suit her – the only races you can run in are benchmark 58s and 60s against older horses. We don’t want to do that, so she’ll probably go to Moonee Valley for her next run…”