Affair To Remember will be one of the main hopes of keeping the Ballarat Cup trophy in local hands for another year.
Kiwia has won the last two Ballarat Cups for former Ballarat trainer Darren Weir and locally based horseman Archie Alexander.
Ballarat trainer Dan O’Sullivan has aimed Affair To Remember at Saturday’s $500,000 off her Group 2 Matriarch Stakes win at Flemington during Melbourne Cup week.
O’Sullivan said the daughter of Toronado had another big run left in her at the end of her spring preparation.
“It was a big result when she won at Flemington but, as much as that was the main aim, it didn’t flatten her,” O’Sullivan said.
“As I’ve said to people, ‘if you owned her, what would you want to do?’ You’d certainly want to have a crack at it because you’ve got the Group 2 status now and we can’t lose that.
“All we can do is pick up more prizemoney if she runs well here.”
O’Sullivan isn’t expecting a forced jockey change to have any effect on Affair To Remember’s Ballarat Cup chances.
Affair To Remember’s trainer Dan O’Sullivan at his Ballarat stable in 2019.Source:News Corp Australia
Apprentice Michael Poy has won three races, including the Matriarch Stakes, but will make way for senior rider Mark Zahra while he serves a careless riding suspension.
Affair To Remember will head to the spelling paddock after the Ballarat Cup for a deserved break while O’Sullivan mulls over his 2021 options with the mare.
O’Sullivan could aim to get Affair To Remember into next year’s All-Star Mile at The Valley in March.
“She’s a very valuable commodity now and still lightly-raced and sound and there’s still upside to come,” O’Sullivan said.
“This time next year, she could have some bigger goals ticked off hopefully.
“I’ve got to work out what I do but I even think the All-Star Mile fresh won’t be silly.”
Affair To Remember would earn plenty of All-Star Mile votes if she can get the job done in the Ballarat Cup.
Sky Racing News Update: 16th November 2020
Sky Racing News Update: 16th November 2020.
Originally published asTrainer to make Ballarat Cup an affair to remember
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