Lindhout

Lindhout (Image: Racing Photos)

Lindhout ready to make the grade

Owning a promising horse he also trains allows Enver Jusufovic to be patient.

Lindhout, a horse he also bred, is a rising five-year-old mare with just five starts to her name.

Of those, she's won two, including victory in the Leilani Final at Flemington a fortnight ago and, in the start before that, she was beaten a lip in a Benchmark 90.

With her rating still just 71, she's well placed to put another notch in the win column at Headquarters on Saturday, before potentially setting sights a little higher.

"If she's able to win, it'll get her rating up that little bit more and then you can think about better races but, I think it's important whilst the rating is down, to make the most of the opportunities and earn that right to race against better horses," Jusufovic said.

Mindful of a long-held racing theory to keep running a mare in form, Jusufovic is no certainty to send her to the paddock should she win the Rising Stars final on Saturday.

"She's a tough mare, if I was to let-up on her, it wouldn't take much to get her back on track," he said.

"This is dependent on if she wins at the weekend, but there is an option to give her one try, maybe deep in the spring, or I could give her a proper break and target the autumn.

"If she's going well, I may give her another one; mares in form, it's not a dumb idea to keep them going."

Funnily enough, the Rising Stars moniker for Saturday's race is in reference to the jockeys, with the race open solely to apprentices.

It means Carleen Hefel will jump back aboard Lindhout after Craig Newitt rode her at her past two starts.

Jusufovic is hopeful the apprentice will find the mare more race ready than the previous time she rode her.

"Carleen (Hefel) has ridden her a few times, she's still probably a little bit of an inexperienced apprentice but, with Craig Newitt's tutoring the last couple of starts, I'm hoping the horse will be a bit more automatic," he said.