Lindsey Park yet to make a decision on Fundamentalist's target
The Lindsey Park team faces the question of whether they want money or Group One glory when picking Fundamentalist's target this spring.
Fundamentalist finished second to The Autumn Sun in the 2018 Randwick Guineas
The Lindsay Park team is undecided on the next step for star runner Fundamentalist with the newly minted Golden Eagle on the horizon.
The $7.5 million feature at Rosehill is on the radar for Fundamentalist, but the Group One Empire Rose Stakes, which is run on the same day at Flemington, could lure the Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig team given the horse has yet to break through at the top level.
A win in this weekend's Memsie Stakes could decide the mare's path going forward if she's able to break the Group One duck.
“It is a good question,” co-trainer Ben Hayes said.
“If she won a Group One along the way we’d probably go for the Golden Eagle, but a Group One win next to her name is pretty important as she is five-times Group One placed.
“It’s a decision we’ll have to make.”
Fundamentalist, will line up beside stablemate So Si Bon and Quafila in Saturday’s 1400m weight-for-age contest.
She has placed in two of her last four attempts at Group One level, including finishing second to The Autumn Sun in the Randwick Guineas.
If the four-year-old is unsuccessful in the Memsie Stakes there are a number of other Group One races the Lindsey Park team could target before the Golden Eagle.
The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes on September 21 and the Toorak Handicap on October 12 are possible races the mare could run in ahead of the Rosehill feature on November 2.
Hayes said he's hoping the Fundamentalist can register that top tier win this campaign.
“Hopefully she’ll get her Group One chance along the way.”