Desert Jeuney has been unable to make much of a competitive impact through three starts since returning this time, but trainer Nigel Blackiston is confident the six-year-old is primed for a competitive performance in Saturday’s 2015 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
A strong and largely consistent performer for Blackiston through the 2014 Spring Carnival, but has ruined any chance for success in each of his three starts this time after noticeably playing up at the barriers prior to jump.
Having also been nominated for an Open Handicap race over 1400m at Caulfield on Saturday, Blackiston confirmed the 2015 Memsie Stakes will figure for the Desert King gelding should he not be balloted out of contention, and is confident he has overcome all barrier issues.
“I will accept into the Memsie but if he’s going to be balloted or an emergency I’ll run him in the handicap,” Blackiston told Racing Ahead.
“He’s got his barriers certificate back which is very pleasing and I have to say he’s in a very good frame of mind at this stage.
“We’ve just changed a couple of things with him and hopefully they work on Saturday.
“He goes in no problems but once he’s in he starts playing around and throwing his head about.
“Hopefully he’ll stand up nice and quiet and jump well.”
Posting four wins and five minors through 22 career starts so far, Desert Jeuney returned to racing during the 2014 Spring Carnival for a credible fifth in the Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m); progressing to sixth in the Listed Sofitel (1400m) and third in the Melbourne Signage Concepts Handicap (1500m) before producing arguably a career-best performance for third in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m).
Running third in the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) before failing to figure in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m), Desert Jeuney returned this time for fourth in the Takeover Target Tribute Handicap (1100m) on June 27th; progressing to a forgettable eighth in the Listed All Victorian Sprint Final (1200m) before placing fifth in a Flemington minor over 1400m on August 8th.
The 2015 Memsie Stakes final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday today.
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