BENDIGO’S All-Star Mile contender Penny To Sell will return the scene of her greatest race success on Saturday at Flemington.
The Mick Sell-trained mare will line up in the Japan Racing Authority Trophy handicap (1400m) on Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Day.
Her appearance comes eight weeks after the seven-year-old picked up her biggest race win in the $100,000 Nominate Now for the All-Star Mile Handicap over 1600 metres on December 22.
Penny To Sell is returning from an eight-week spell, but looks to be in good shape following an exhibition gallop at Bendigo racecourse last Friday.
Jockey Craig Robertson, who has ridden the horse in six of her 10 career wins, but will not be aboard the mare on Saturday, said he was impressed with last week’s gallop.
“She’s in great order – after her last run she has had a fortnight off and Mick has been bopping along with her – coming here (on Friday) has done her the world of good,” he said.
“She’s got her adrenaline going and will keep stepping up from here.
“She is one of those mares who gives you 110- per cent every time, if she doesn’t run well you know there is something not right.
“It’s very rare for her not to give 110 per cent.”
Former crack Western Australian apprentice Fred Kersley will take the ride on Penny To Sell on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Bendigo racing fans have just five days remaining to help vote Penny To Sell into the field for the $5 million All-Star Mile at Flemington on March 16.
By 10am today, Penny To Sell had amassed 1819 votes to be placed 18th on the leaderboard, an exceptional return for a horse with such a small ownership group.
With the top 10 horses in voting guaranteed a start in the rich weight-for-age race, thee Bendigo mare would need more than 2000 votes to surpass the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Extra Brut, who is currently in 10th place with 4004 votes.
Voting closes at noon on Monday.
To nominate Penny To Sell, click here
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