Grahame Begg has confirmed that Secret Admirer will target the $3 million Cox Plate on Saturday October 22, 2011, at Moonee Valley Racecourse.
Secret Admirer won her last start in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap at Randwick last Saturday and her trainer feels she has pulled up well enough for a Cox Plate 2011 start.
“We made the decision (to go to the Cox Plate) after a few days, we wanted to see how she came through (the Epsom Handicap), let the dust settle,” Begg said.
“We weighed everything up, opposition, track conditions, Moonee Valley against Flemington and that is the way we decided to go.
“The (other option) was the Myer Classic on Derby Day, it is weight-for-age for fillies and mare.
“It is Group one and (also) the Emirates Stakes on the last day.”
It will be the four-year-old mare’s first run outside of New South Wales, however, Begg is unconcerned by the change in track direction.
“I think some Sydney horses seem to handle Moonee Valley better than Caulfield, so I didn’t think that was an issue,” he said.
“Track surface is the most important thing for her, she raced a few weeks ago at Rosehill on a firm surface and didn’t stretch out like she did last Saturday in the Epsom, so that was a huge consideration.
“We know Flemington can get firm if they don’t get any rain so that had a major bearing on our decision.”
The lightly raced Secret Admirer has won three of her eight career starts and has accrued more than $620,000 in prize money.
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