Rain key to Azkadellia’s bid to be Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2016

The wetter the better for Azkadellia’s hopes of breaking through at Group One level.

As the Randwick track stayed in the soft range on Friday, trainer Ciaron Maher wants a genuinely rain-affected surface when Azkadellia steps out in the Queen of the Turf Stakes on Saturday.

Maher says the mare’s breeding as a daughter of Shinko King underpins her impressive wet-track form.

“The wet track will suit her if it turns out that way,” Maher said.

“Shinko Kings really thrive with the sting out of the track and I think that’s the key to her.”

Azkadellia is the most consistent mare in the race having only missed the placings once in her 13 starts.

She’s had no trouble adapting to Sydney racing with placings in the Group One Coolmore Classic and third in the Doncaster Mile behind Winx.

“She goes well anywhere really. She’s been consistent the horse,” Maher said.

Azkadellia is the $3.80 favourite get her first Group One win and to do it she will have to handle a one-week back up from her Doncaster effort.

Maher said Azkadellia’s ability to back-up quickly had already been proven by her third in the Group One Myer Classic, seven days after her previous start.

“She’s come through the Doncaster well,” Maher said.

The John Thompson-trained Zanbagh is $7 for the Queen of the Turf, while former New Zealand galloper Risque is at $8.

Risque’s co-trainer David Hayes said the filly’s action had been perfect in track work since she was a beaten favourite in the Vinery Stud Stakes.

“You’ve got to forgive her run in the Vinery, but she pulled up with a foot (issue),” Hayes said.

“She’ll saddle up a different filly this week.”


Article from JustHorseRacing.com.au

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