Finishing outside the places just twice in twelve competitive race starts to date, co-trainer James Cummings has revealed the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) on November 1st is likely to figure as the major target for lightly raced mare Norzita during the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.
A standout performer in during the 2013 autumn carnival, Norzita won the Listed Typhoon Tracy Stakes (1200m) first-up, claiming back-to-back minor places in both the Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) before breaking through for a second victory at the highest level of Australian racing in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) on April 6th.
Returning to the spelling paddock after finishing third in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile, the Thorn Park mare was expected to contest a long and successful 2013 spring preparation after finishing third in the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) first-up on August 24th, however was forced back into the paddock after suffering a soft tissue injury in her off-fore leg in the lead up to the Tramway Handicap.
Unable to take part in the 2014 Sydney Autumn Carnival, Cummings said all signs are looking good for Norzita to return to racing at the beginning of September.
“Her leg looks good and she is still a bit hairy, but she is a pretty happy mare at the minute,” Cummings told Racing Ahead.
“She is feeling well about herself and she seems very enthusiastic to be back in work.
“They are good signs from our perspective and hopefully she keeps going in such a positive way.”
Yet to confirm a path for the rising five-year-old towards the Myer Classic, Cummings said the Group 2 Tramway Handicap (1400m) on September 6th will likely figure as the ideal first point of call.
“She is probably going to have a run or two in Sydney before she goes to Melbourne,” Cummings said.
“She is back doing a little bit more work and we might give her a trial or an exhibition gallop somewhere in the middle of August.
“We are thinking about at this early stage resuming in a race like the Tramway.”
Stamping her claims as one to watch from her very first racing preparation, Norzita was unlucky to finish fifth when blocked for a run in the Schweppes Handicap (1200m) on debut, however quickly found form in finishing a close second in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1500m) and winning the 2012 edition of the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m).
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