Freshen Up for Avantage

Date: 22 Oct 2020

Freshen Up for Avantage

NZ Racing News reports:

Avantage (Fastnet Rock) has had to play bridesmaid to stablemate Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) in her last two starts and will now head for a short break before preparing for some summer Group One targets.

The Jamie Richards-trained mare came close to dethroning Melody Belle in the Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m), however, she was comfortably beaten by 2-3/4 lengths in the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) on Saturday.

Richards has been pleased with her campaign, which also included a third-placing in the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m), and victory in the Gr.2 Foxbridge Plate (1200m) and said she deserves a well earnt break.

“We will give her a little freshen-up. She's around at home in the front paddock,” he said.

“We will back off her for a couple of weeks and probably set her for sprinting races in the early part of the campaign and see how she comes through.

“She will follow a similar campaign as to what she did leading into the autumn last year.”


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