Morphettville co-trainers Dan Clarken and Oopy MacGillivray might just get to the $1 million Thousand Guineas with promising filly Mileva after all.
The talented three-year-old, plagued by shin soreness as a juvenile, has been nominated for the Group 1 event over 1600m at Caulfield on October 10.
And Clarken said it was nice to dream after Mileva returned to racing with an impressive win over 1000m at Morphettville on Saturday. She has now won her only two starts, having been successful at Murray Bridge in January.
“She has been nominated for the Thousand Guineas, whether we get there I dunno,” Clarken said. “Oopy and I will take a step back and see what happens. She will probably run next at Moonee Valley in three weeks.
“That run today will bring her on. She was not completely wound up, although she was not far off it. I would love to have seen her over the autumn carnival here, the autumn two-year old races.
“We would probably be going to the Thousand Guineas a serious chance.”
Meanwhile, Murray Bridge trainer Michael Hickmott described former New Zealand gelding Aqueduct as delicate and not easy. But the emerging young trainer also noted he was as exciting a horse as you could have in the stable, after another emphatic performance at Morphettville.
Highly impressive at his Australian debut at Murray Bridge a month ago, Aqueduct further enhanced his reputation with a convincing victory over 1400m.
Hickmott will give Aqueduct one more run, before targeting the $100,000 Murray Bridge Cup over 1600m on his home track on October 16. A trip to the Melbourne spring carnival is also a possibility.
“He confused me with a few things when he joined the stable, but he is a nice horse,” Hickmott said. “Mentally, he is just delicate, and my whole team is doing a great job with this horse.”
Hickmott was confident Aqueduct would back up his brilliant first-up run for the stable, acknowledging he was a “good horse”.
“We just let him build down after that first run, let him get over it mentally for 10 days,” Hickmott said. “We then built him back up fitness wise.”
Originally published as Mileva gives stable reason to dream of spring glory