Top mare Sweet Deal will try to grab one of the 12 spots in The Invitation field at The Nivison in Randwick on Saturday.
Randwick coach John Thompson believes everything points to the right decision being made to put Sweet Deal back to work for Sydney’s latest race – the rich $2 million invite.
Sweet Deal was sold and retired after finishing third in Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara in June but less than a month later – the October 23rd filly and mare feature launched and Sweet Deal’s ownership group changed its mind.
Casino Prince’s daughter is retiring at the end of her spring campaign after being covered by Zoustar last month.
“She’s super,” Thompson said.
“I remember going into her first trial and I thought she would do just as well if not better than ever and when Nash (Rawiller) came back he said something similar.
“She was then covered by Zoustar.
“After the second trial, he came back and said, ‘I’m not changing my statement, she’s doing better than ever’.
“She has spelled on the new owners’ farm, and she just came back in great shape.
“She was always big, but she seemed bigger and stronger, and she was radiant.
“She’s so healthy, it’s really great because she’s a seven-year-old now.”
On Saturday, Sweet Deal will stake its claim for one of 12 spots in The Invitation (1400m) field.
“There are some nice mares out there, no doubt about that, but I’d be surprised if she didn’t get an invite,” Thompson said.
“She’s a quality mare and everyone knows she gets better with a run.”
Sweet Deal kicks off her campaign this weekend at Randwick in the Group 3 Nivison (1200m), a race in which she finished fourth last year.
“She’s been treated well on Saturday and is doing well, so I’m pretty happy with how it’s going into the race,” said Thompson.
“The barrier wasn’t too nice to us, but we can’t control that.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what she can do.”
Nash Rawiller has ridden six of Sweet Deal’s 11 wins and will be back on board at Randwick this weekend. Sweet Deal has a $9.50 chance for The Nivison at TAB fixed odds with Great News listed as the $5 favorite.
Meanwhile, Thompson also saddles More Prophets and Le Lude in the Group 3 Angst Stakes (1600m) on Saturday.
More Prophets has won two of her last three starts, while Le Lude has her fourth run back from a spell.
“Forget more Prophets went round the Tibbie,” Thompson said.
“She missed the start and the first four on the straight finished one, two, three, four.
“Hopefully Kerrin (McEvoy) can get the best out of her because she’s doing great.
“Le Lude is also going as well as she can and now she is reaching her favorite distance range.
“She deserves a bit of black type on her page, having placed fourth in stakes races a few times.
“If she’s lucky from the gate, she’ll run well.”
In-form apprentice Brock Ryan gets the ride aboard Le Lude, which is a $26 chance with TAB, while More Prophets is $12.
Originally published as Sweet Deal To Push Its Invitation Claims In The Nivison