By Ray Hickson
There’s no telling where the ceiling is on promising mare She’s Ideel and trainer Bjorn Baker says her first-up run at Rosehill on Saturday will go some way to finding that out.
The lightly raced staying mare was a summer revelation as she strung three wins together from 1550m to 2400m and on the back of those victories is $4.20 favourite with TAB in the Everest Carnival On Sale Handicap (1500m).
Baker errs on the guarded side about keeping that streak going but he is adamant she’s a horse with plenty of upside, with only eight starts under her belt, and one that has come back so well he says she’ll be a standout in the parade.
“She’s a promising horse, 1500m first-up is a tough ask but she looks very well and I think she has trialled well going into the race,’’ Baker said.
“I thought the back end of her preparation last time was very good and her work has been good since her trial.
“I think she gets into the race with an okay weight considering she’s won a couple of Saturday races and no doubt she’s a winner that’s the main thing.
“It’s not a big field and she’s drawn ideally so I don’t know if we gave to get back to last, I’ll leave that to Jason (Collett).”
Baker understands why She’s Ideel is the popular elect in her comeback race despite the race being short of her best.
But he says there’s no shortage of dangers including a forgotten horse from his own stable.
“Nimalee is a very promising horse and I’ve got Freehearted ($23) in there and she’s not out of it,’’ he said.
“She’s been crying out for a good track and she needs that more than anything so she’s one that can really turn her form around. At Randwick last time it was just too wet but on top of the ground she’ll be a different horse.”
Given the steps She’s Ideel took earlier this year, Baker said he’ll throw in nominations for the Cups in Melbourne and hasn’t ruled out the Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap along the way.
“It’s not going to be easy and she’ll really have to put her hand her up in the next couple of runs,’’ he said.
“We’ll have much more of an idea where we’re at after Saturday but she won’t be at her best until she gets to 2000m and above.”
The Warwick Farm trainer finished equal third in the Sydney premiership last season, a “breakthrough” year in his words and continues his solid representation at Rosehill on Saturday with chances in five races.
She's Ideel runs second in a trial at Hawkesbury on August 17
Pressure was narrowly beaten by Monsieur Sisu at her third run for Baker and he hopes the mare can atone in the Schweppes Handicap (2000m).
“She was full of running on the corner but couldn’t quite get out,” he said.
“She kept trying hard and Monsieur Sisu has form around Kiss The Bride and that form has been franked again. I think she’s in really good order and the 2000m suits her, she’s in with a good chance.
“Prime Candidate on top of the ground is a different horse and I expect him to run well, Sophiella has drawn one with no weight and back on top of the ground I don’t think she’s out of it.
“Even a horse like Bobby Dee, he’s the class horse of his race and has been forgotten about.”