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Australian Racing - Racing: Mascot aims for last-gasp Mile slot

Flying Mascot will aim to gain a last-minute place in next weekend's All-Star Mile when she lines up in the Matron Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.

Trainer Tom Dabernig is still holding out hope that the filly could sneak into the $5million contest with a win in the Group 3 contest, for which she is 8/5 to prevail, but does admit that the chances of it happening are slim.

Moonee Valley outing likely

The daughter of Tavistock has the option of the quick turnaround should she produce a power-packed performance, but Dabernig said the most likely scenario would see Flying Mascot head for the Group 2 Sunline Stakes at Moonee Valley on 25th March.

"I rang Greg (Carpenter) to find out if there was any realistic chance of getting in (the All-Star Mile) and while I haven't totally ruled it out, it's not really a focus anymore," Dabernig said.

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"I like this race called the Sunline Stakes at The Valley which is what I'm more focusing on and then I can give her a break before it gets too cold, not be tempted to go to Sydney, and then hopefully she can have a spring campaign."

'Foundation to cope'

He added: "Last spring and this autumn she will have had four runs in each prep whereas in the spring she could end up having six or seven runs and by then have the foundation to cope with it.

"She's always been a bit of a delicate filly and that's why I've resisted going interstate."

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