Mathews Having A Shot At Belmont Oaks

5
Jul

The prospect of tackling the Belmont Oaks (2000m) in Perth on Saturday holds no fears for trainer, Brett Mathews.

While Mathews concedes Miss Sapphire faces a big challenge to take out the Listed feature, he says he is in the race to win it.

“It’s going to be a big ask against some of the best three-year-old fillies going around, but you have to have a crack at the race.

“It won’t be easy progressing from a Kalgoorlie maiden, but this horse can stay and will have no problems running the distance.”

Miss Sapphire, a daughter of Patronize, was impressive when she shed her maiden status over 1600m at Kalgoorlie on June 11.

The filly fought back strongly along the rails after being headed in the straight, defeating stable mate Monaco Rose by a long head.

However; she couldn’t follow up a fortnight later over 1760m, finishing in seventh place behind Sylva Terre, beaten five lengths.

Mathews said the run was better than what it might have looked.

“I don’t think it looked as bad as it might have appeared,” Mathews said.

“She was only a couple of lengths behind the second horse.

“She was getting warmed up and doing her best work late.”

Miss Sapphire has drawn barrier six in the $100,000 Belmont Oaks and will be ridden by Peter Knuckey.

Meanwhile Mathews will saddle five runners at Kalgoorlie on Sunday and believes they rate as genuine each way chances.

One who could lead his pack is Terrorize who is out to turn the tables after running second to Kalavedo two weeks ago.

Terrorize tried hard to chase down Kalavedo and fought out a strong battle, but could bridge the gap over the concluding stages.

The pair are two of eight runners engaged in the Triple M Saturday Subs with Glenney and Louie Handicap (1400m).

“He had to do some work early in the race which may have told on him over the 1400m,” said Mathews.

“I’m hoping from barrier two he might be able to get a softer run.”

Ronboy, Monoco Rose, Sylva Terre and Aluminize round out a strong team for Mathews.