Marcel From Madrid (Image: Racing Photos)
Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra are taking a no-excuse approach with Marcel From Madrid in this Saturday's Group 2 Danehill Stakes at Softiel Girls' Day Out at Flemington.
The Sepoy colt will line up in the three-year-old feature off the back of a fourth placing behind Brutal in the Listed McKenzie Stakes fresh up this campaign.
"He has had one good first-up run and if all goes to plan he will be there to win so no excuses from our end," co-trainer Simon Zahra said on Friday morning.
Marcel From Madrid still holds a nomination for the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas on the October 13 but the stable has opted to try the colt up the Flemington straight just to keep their options open as his campaign progresses.
"He's got a lot of quirks so that's why it's good to get him up there and see how he goes," Zahra explained.
"We will go to the Guineas Prelude (after Saturday's race) and if all goes well and he looks like he will get a strong mile we will go to the Guineas.
"But we are happy to give him a go up the straight with the Coolmore in the back of our mind if he doesn't quite get the mile.
"We haven't push the button on him yet, his coat has got to come and he is still carrying a bit of condition. He had had some seriously good gallops in the last fortnight to fine tune him and get the weight off him."
Stablemate Sheezdashing returns to the track this Saturday in the G2 Let's Elope Stakes (1400m) after placing in both the G1 Schweppes Oaks and Queensland Oaks last preparation.
"She is going really well, her two jumpouts have been really sharp and we haven't even had the blinkers on her yet," said Zahra of her build-up into Saturday's race.
"She is probably a different mare now she has matured and is carrying a lot of condition, she looks outstanding, she will run a cheeky race I reckon.
"She has come back in great order, that's why we are a little further behind than we would like to be.
"We were aiming at a Caulfield Cup but she put on that much condition she is a fair way behind, so we will poke around in the spring with her and give her a crack in the autumn."