Renezmae and Dexter Dunn in action at Addington earlier this year. Photo: Race Images.
It will be win or bust for Renezmae’s season when she tackles an Australasian Breeders Crown heat at Addington tomorrow night.
Trainer Jack Harrington says the three-year-old trotting filly will only head to Melbourne to defend her title if she wins tomorrow night’s heat.
“We’re just there to see where we’re at, really.
“She’d want to be winning the heat to justify a trip to Australia.
“It’s been a long season and she’s had some pretty tough races against the boys.”
Harrington says that if Renezmae does end up going, it would be probably only be for the A$70,000 Fillies final at Melton on August 25.
“We’d probably give the Victoria Derby a miss and just focus on getting her ready here.”
Last August, Renezmae won the 2TO Trotting Fillies Final at the crown, a race worth A$90,000 at Group 1 level.
She has had a mixed season this year, winning two races and placing in the Sires Stakes Trotters Champs (Gr.2) won by Winterfell at Alexandra Park., from 11 starts.
She was superceded by Luby Lou this season, but that filly has gone to the spelling paddock after injuring herself.
Monaro Mia and Girls On Film are also skipping the Breeders Crown or are ineligible, meaning the race suddenly becomes very winnable for Renezmae.
“There are still some nice horses over there; I watched the Vicbred heats on Tuesday nights and Moonshine Linda looked the best of them,” said Harrington.
“But I honestly think the horse to beat is Regan Todd’s filly, Show Gait.
“She’s a very nice horse and when driven with a sit can be dangerous.”
So, was it tempting to turn the horse out after the Jewels, four weeks ago?
“It was, yes.
“I did give her a week off but kept her at the stables and she was running around, jumping like a lunatic.
“She seemed pretty happy so I started working her quietly and she’s been thriving since.”
Regardless of whether he goes to the spelling paddock this weekend, or in September, Harrington says she will have a very quiet four-year-old term.
“She’ll have a long spell in the paddock and we’ll be aiming towards her five-year-old season.
“We won’t be doing much with her next season.”