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Spring Campaign On Line For Alart
Muswellbrook trainer Pat Farrell says promising filly Alart must stand up and be counted at Gosford tomorrow if she is to be considered a stakes horse in the spring, reports racingnsw.com.au. Alart (Excellent Art-Al Sahra, by Desert Sun) will contest the final race on the program, the Benchmark 65 handicap over 1000m, as Farrell eyes off a possible start in the Gr3 San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill Gardens on 15 August. The 2YO daughter of Gr1-winning UK sire Excellent Art has hitherto put together an impressive winning strike rate with four wins from six starts, and Farrell is confident her good form can continue. "If she can't beat these horses she's not a city horse," Farrell said. "She's doing everything right but it's a step up and a solid test against a good field." This year's Wellington Boot winner has already earned more than $91,000 in prize money and is one of the reasons why the 73YO Farrell isn't giving retirement a thought after more than 50 years in the industry. "What's the good in stopping? What would I do?" Farrell said. "If she keeps improving she could be at the top of my stable and I think she'll be an even better three-year-old." He added: "Greg [jockey Greg Ryan] wants to keep riding her and he's been riding for me since he started. If she goes further to Group racing in Sydney, Greg will keep riding her there."