Sweet Deal set for Eagle Farm outing
Sweet Deal will have her penultimate start in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes over 1300 metres at Eagle Farm on Saturday before attempting to bow out as a Group 1 winner.
The talented mare, a four-time Group 3 scorer whose overall record stands at 11 wins and 10 placings from 43 career starts, is a 4.80 chance for the high-class 15-runner contest.
"She is definitely back to where she needs to be," said trainer John Thompson.
Sold recently for $850,000 at the Inglis Chairman's Sale, the $1.5 million earner has been kept in training by her new owners in the hope she can add the missing piece to her CV, a Group 1 win, by claiming a major in what is her intended final curtain call later this month, the Tattersall's Tiara.
She has raced once since going under the hammer, when a barnstorming second to Exhilarates in the Listed Helen Coughlan Stakes over 1200 metres, when she got back to last from an awkward gate.
"She missed a bit of work between Hawkesbury and that run," Thompson explained. "She spent a week at the sales then we gave her a week at the farm to freshen up and get over the sales.
"As usual, she did a bit well in that time so she went into that race a little bit underdone, that's why we rode her quiet from an outside draw. From a better draw (four) on Saturday, she should be a lot closer."