23rd July 2020 Viridine out to avenge last-start defeat in G3 Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield
A re-match between Viridine and his conqueror of last start, Jungle Edge is shaping as the highlight of the final Group race of the Australian racing season at Caulfield on Saturday.
Viridine and Jungle Edge (James Cummings/Damien Oliver) do battle for the second time this month in the G3 Bletchingly Stakes with conditions largely unchanged from their meeting two weeks earlier in the Listed Sir John Monash Stakes.
On a heavy track that day, the noted mudlark Jungle Edge had conditions to suit over 1,100m and held on to win by three-quarters of a length.
But with an extra 200m to run and the prospect of a drier track, Viridine’s trainer James Cummings believes his horse can reverse the result.
“We’re looking forward to taking on Jungle Edge again over a bit more ground and on a track that hopefully won’t be as heavy as it was two weeks ago,” Cummings said.
“On a heavy track Jungle Edge is a Group One horse. He’s shown that with placings in an All-Aged Stakes on heavy ground,” Cummings said.
“But we’re not going into this race thinking we can’t turn around the result from the Monash."
“Neither have we lost sight of the fact that there are some other very capable horses lined up against us.”
“Viridine has continued to train well at Flemington and according to reports he looks great and will go to Caulfield on Saturday in very good order.”
Among Viridine’s most dangerous opponents are G1 Futurity Stakes winner Streets Of Avalon who is having his first start since March and She Shao Fly, a daughter of Epaulette who has also shown good wet-track form.