Seydoux puts spring on the line

AUSTRALIA Jul 30 2021 13:50

Trainer Jim Conlan will gather more intel on Seydoux after she has her second start at The Valley.

A rise in grade or a drop to maiden company awaits Seydouxafter she runs at The Valley.

Trainer Jim Conlanwill learn more about the daughter ofXtravagantafter she runs in the Plant Powered Cleaning Handicap (1000m) on Saturday.

Seydoux has faced the starter once previously, finishing second to Cecil Street Lad over 1000m at Sandown on July 14.

Conlan did not know what to expect from Seydoux on that occasion but was heartened by her effort.

"She was a bit of an unknown before her debut as she had not been put under any pressure before," Conlan said.

"She's a littlefierything and I've always tried to keep her fairly calm and not put her under a lot of pressure in her gallops.

"In her two jump-outs, she was given a very soft time, so how much was left at the other end, we weren't certain of.

"I certainly expected her to run well and that's why we started her in town."

Conlan prepares his horses atPinecliff, a private training facility on the Mornington Peninsula, and he expects Seydoux to derive improvement from her debut run.

And with a number of two-year-oldsengaged in Saturday's race that showed autumn promise, Conlan is aware it will be a solid test for the filly.

"Normally horses that come out ofPinecliff, they makesignificant improvement from their first to their second race starts," Conlan said.

"AtPinecliffit's a relaxed environment and they don't have that competition going on around them the whole time like you would at a normal training track.

"But at the end of the day, we'll come out of the race and know where we sit.

"If we can be somewhere thereabouts at the finish then we can possibly press on to some nice races through the spring, or we can always go back to an Echuca maiden if we feel we're not at that level."

Craig Brennan - Racing And Sports

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