IT’S the critical question facing most of the trainers in Monday’s UBET Adelaide Cup — can the horse run a strong 3200m?
Of the 19 runners still left in the Cup, only seven have raced over 3200m or further and just one — Honey Steel’s Gold — has won.
Hall of Fame horseman Leon Macdonald, co-trainer with son-in-law Andrew Gluyas of arguably South Australia’s leading Cup contender Mail It In, admits he’s unsure if his charge will have the reserves of stamina needed to claim the $400,000 Group 2 feature at Morphettville.
“Yes, he’s got to run the two miles — but so have the others,” Macdonald said.
“I think if you’re honest, everyone’s got lingering doubts in two mile races until you try it.
“He’s not bred to do it. He’s by Reset, who’s a Zabeel horse, but he’s out of a sprinting mare. He doesn’t know who his mother is, I suppose.
“I think he’s got as much of a chance as any of them of running it.”
The longest race Mail It In has contested was just nine days ago, in the traditional Adelaide Cup lead-up, the 2600m Lord Reims Stakes at Morphettville, when he fought on gamely to finish fourth, beaten just a length by Cup favourite Master Of Arts.
Mail It In is rated an $11 chance in latest UBET fixed-odds Cup markets, making him the shortest-priced SA-trainer runner, narrowly ahead of Jim’s Journey ($12).
The four-year-old has drawn barrier 13 and will be ridden by star local hoop, Clare Lindop, who’s chasing her second Cup triumph after winning on Exalted Time in 2006.
“I had a good look at the tape of the Lord Reims and I think if you swapped the runs, you’d swap the result between him and the winner (Master Of Arts),” Macdonald said.
“A lot of it depends on luck in running. He’s a little bit awkwardly drawn where he is. We’ll probably go forward with him and try to slot him into a spot.”
The trainer said Mail It In had enjoyed a flawless lead-up to the Cup and gave every indication he was ready to produce a bold performance.
“That’s one of the things in his favour. He’s had a great preparation,” he said.
“He was really bright trotting and cantering around this morning.
“He’s where we want him. He only has to be good enough.”
Originally published as Mail It In ready to go the distance