Probabeel returning home

Probabeel - Trish Dunell

Trish Dunell

Quality New Zealand juvenile Probabeel will not contest Saturday’s Gr.1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick despite finding the line well in the Gr.1 Sires’ Produce (1400m) when beaten less than two lengths by Microphone.

“She’s going to come home,” trainer Jamie Richards said.

“We’re going to give her a break. She has done a terrific job for us and we believe that she has got it all in front of her.

“She is headed home tonight (Monday) and she will have a break and be set for the spring.”

In two Australian starts the Karaka Million winner attacked the line well when sixth behind subsequent Gr.1 Golden Slipper (1200m) winner Kiamichi in the Gr.3 Magic Night Stakes (1200m), before closing well to finish fifth behind Microphone, Loving Gabby, Kiamichi and Castelvecchio.

“They were probably the four highest-rated two-year-olds in Australia that beat her in the Sires’,” Richards said.

The daughter of Savabeel is raced by Cambridge Stud proprietors Brendan and Jo Lindsay and there are options on both sides of the Tasman for the impressive youngster when she returns at three.

“I would say that the Cambridge Stud team would be leaning more towards Australia than Riccarton (Gr.1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas, 1600m) in the spring, but we will discuss those sorts of things during the winter when she comes back into work,” Richards said.

“I am looking forward to her three-year-old season immensely.”


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