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Ability to Bypass Memsie

Thursday, 31st August 2017

Progressive sprinter Ability will miss Saturday's $1 million Gr1 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield to be saved for other targets later in the spring, reports racing.com. Trainer Robert Smerdon was planning on running the impressive last-start Gr3 Bletchingly Stakes winner in the star-studded weight-for-age feature, but is concerned the race may exact a high physical toll. "We were thinking a month ago that quite often you get Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate horses kicking off in the Memsie and they need a run and sometimes a race-fit horse that comes through the winter can be right in the mix there," Smerdon said. "But it doesn't profile like that." Smerdon added: "He's [Ability] only had four runs for the prep but if he lined up there on Saturday over 1400 metres against that quality he could have a real gut-buster to finish sixth and you've got no horse left." Ability is now likely to have his next start in the Gr2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) at Flemington on 16 September.

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