The father-and-daughter training team of Colin and Cindy Alderson hold hopes of a long-held plan being realised at Bendigo on Saturday.
They have targeted the VOBIS Gold Rush (1000m) with talented two-year-old Miss Gidget right from the time she made her debut.
Despite being a maiden, Miss Gidget heads to Saturday’s event having contested Victoria’s richest two-year-old race.
The daughter on Gonski ran second to Fontiton in a Blue Diamond Prelude before finishing ninth to Pride Of Dubai in the Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield on February 28.
Cindy Alderson said the Blue Diamond had never been seriously considered for Miss Gidget until her lead-up run in the Prelude.
With a winner’s prize of $150,000 and bonuses of $30,000 on offer, Alderson said the Gold Rush was always Miss Gidget’s target.
“When she ran so well in the Prelude we had to go to the Diamond but this was always the race that we thought would be suitable for her,” Alderson said.
Ben Melham takes the ride with Miss Gidget drawn barrier 11 in the 15-horse field in which nine of the runners will be facing the starter for the first time.
“There are never any easy races but this does look a bit easier than her last two,” Alderson said.
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