16th September 2020 Asiago seeking a fourth Stakes success at Newcastle

Mike Hedge

Another step toward a major spring prize is set to be taken boldly by Asiago in the G3 Tibbie Stakes at Newcastle.

Already the winner of three Stakes races on out-of-town tracks, Asiago has pleased trainer James Cummings since recording a first-up Listed win at Wyong earlier this month.

“She’s flying along at the moment,” Cummings said.

“There are no queries on her fitness and she gets a nice drop in the weights from here first-up win at Wyong and she’s drawn nicely.”

The Listed Wyong victory came at Asiago’s first run in four months and could hardly have been more impressive.

The mare who had won twice at G3 level over 1,600m as a three-year-old and the 1,350m at Wyong appeared to be short of her ideal trip, but she was sharp enough to take up a handy, three-wide position before showing a clever turn of foot that carried her to a convincing win.

“There was plenty to like about the win and even though she meets some formidable opposition, she has a few things in her favour,” Cummings said.

Among those will be the slightly longer distance of Friday’s race at a track where she has won two races.

Asiago’s opposition on Friday includes the well-performed city Stakes winner Miss Siska and Wandabaa who she held safely in second place at Wyong.

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