IT’S difficult to imagine a Group Two is a drop in class, but that is the case at Club Menangle on Saturday night.
Winner of his three starts heading into a New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge semi-final a fortnight ago, The Stain was unplaced behind Titian Raider in 1:50.
Titian Raider went on to finish second in the Final behind Bar Room Banta, which reversed the result from the semi.
Kept fresh since the qualifier, The Stain will return to the world class venue for a Breeders’ Challenge True Blue Final.
In the absence of the two top three-year-olds, trainer Corey Parker considers the feature a drop in class for The Stain.
“It’s still going to be a hard race as there are plenty of nice pacers in the field,” Parker said. “But without the likes of Room Banta, Titian Raider and Rocket Boy for example, it is a drop in class.
“Hopefully he can return to the winning form h0r was in before the semi.”
With Amy Day to take the reins, The Stain has drawn to settle in a prominent position from the pole.
“It’s the perfect draw,” Parker said. “He should be able to get into a good position from there.
“I haven’t set any plans for the race, it’s up to Amy.”
Third in the Group One Final, Kashed Up is the one to beat according to Parker.
“Kashed Up has done well throughout the series and is a class runner,” Parker said. “From barrier two he is the one to beat.”