The blinkers are off for Swiss Ace
Mick Mair has scrapped plans for Oakleigh Plate winner Swiss Ace to wear blinkers for his upcoming Manikato Stakes mission in Melbourne.
The Caloundra trainer has earmarked the 1200-metre Group One feature at Moonee Valley on September 25 as the early spring goal for Swiss Ace and has kept open the option of extending the four-year-old’s campaign in Melbourne.
Mair has backed away from plans to use blinkers on Swiss Ace following his dismal performance in the Group One BTC Cup (1200m) in May.
Swiss Ace played up badly in the mounting yard prior to the Doomben feature and subsequently produced the worst performance of his career when last to the Anthony Cummings-trained Duporth.
Mair had no doubt Swiss Ace’s problem was due to his mental attitude and corrected his bad behaviour by experimenting with blinkers in trackwork ahead of the Group One Doomben 10,000.
However Mair, who has been ill with pneumonia, never got the opportunity to test Swiss Ace wearing the head gear in the 10,000 as wet tracks forced the sprinter’s winter campaign to end prematurely.
"He was going to wear blinkers last time but I’m very happy with his attitude at the moment so I’ll take them off when he goes to Melbourne," Mair said.
"But if he plays up like that again the blinkers will go straight on or he’ll go out to the paddock again."
Swiss Ace has pleased Mair since he returned to work three weeks ago.
"He looks a lot better at the start of this campaign than he did coming back last time," Mair said.
"He’s a stallion so that’s probably why he looks so good."
Mair is yet to finalise when Swiss Ace will make his comeback and is still considering whether he’ll resume on his home track at Caloundra or have a barrier trial.
"I’m not sure yet. I don’t look too far ahead with horses as a lot can go wrong with them," he said.
"He could resume at Caloundra next month or I may just barrier trial him.
"If he does have a start at Caloundra he’ll get a lot of weight but that doesn’t bother me.
"He always carries a lot of weight when he barrier trials."
By Glenn Davis