Get ready for a bigger and possibly better version of champion pacing filly Adore Me this season.
But co-trainer Mark Purdon realises that is going to have to be the case as the pacing sensation counts down to a clash with Bettor Cover Lover at Alexandra Park in December.
Adore Me made her first public appearance of the season at the Addington trials yesterday and even from a 40m handicap blew her older male opponents away in the 2600m trial.
While the time was slow, Adore Me cruised her last 400m in 27.5 winning by two and a quarter lengths over classy stablemate All Star Man and looks stronger than last season.
That is ominous considering her performances last term stamped her one of the best pacing fillies of all time, her only defeat coming when a brave second in the action-packed Northern Derby.
Adore Me will return to racing at Ashburton on October 28, where she sneaks into a c0-c6 class mobile mile for mares on a class six assessment.
But then Purdon faces some tricky placement issues as he prepares to take on Bettor Cover Lover in the group one Queen of Hearts at Alexandra Park in December.
As a class seven pacer, proving she wins at Ashburton, Adore Me would need to take on virtual open class opponents in most races, so Purdon will try and negotiate a path consisting mainly of mares races.
“I haven’t looked into it too much with her, we will see how Ashburton goes and take it from there,” he said.
“But she looks great and has been working really well.
“Still, she will need to be come December because Bettor Cover Lover is a genuine open class horse.”
Bettor Cover Lover has been flown to Perth for a series of races there in November but will return to try and win her third Queen Of Hearts.
While Adore Me is ready to race, champion trotting stablemate I Can Doosit is still jogging in his comeback from surgery last season.
“He looks well and we are happy so far,” said Purdon.
“He could race before or around Christmas in the north, whereas Escapee is likely to head to Melbourne for the big trotting races there.”
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