TRAINER Donna Scott has ruled out stable star Bennelong Dancer starting over the Albury carnival.
Scott was toying with the idea of running Bennelong Dancer in the $50,000 City Handicap, (1175m) on the first day of the carnival.
The SDRA Country Championship qualifier winner will instead trial at Albury on the opening day.
"I've decided against racing her at Albury and she will trial instead," Scott said.
"I haven't done a lot with her since she won the Championships and she had a gallop on the grass track on Tuesday.
"She will have another gallop on Saturday morning and then we have got the trial."
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Bennelong Dancer stamped herself as the most exciting horse in the Southern District after a runaway victory in the Country Championship qualifier at Albury last month.
She is quoted as an $11-chance for the lucrative $500,000 final on April 6 at Royal Randwick.
Bennelong Dancer who finished fourth in the final last year, will not have another start before the most anticipated race of her career.
The Wayne Carroll-trained Lady Mironton also qualified for the final after finishing runner-up behind Bennelong Dancer and is quoted as a $51-chance.
Lady Mironton is also set to trial at Albury next Thursday.
"We plan to give her a nice hit-out in the trial," Scott said.
"Wayne Carroll has indicated he is keen to trial Lady Mironton so we will be against some quality opposition."
Scott said she is likely to have Ironbark, Supplyzing, Chayanne and Kurossima target supporting races over the carnival.
Meanwhile Canberra Cup winner Samadoubt could target the Albury Gold Cup on the quick back-up.
The Bjorn Baker-trained galloper was a runaway winner of the Canberra feature on Sunday with jockey Tim Clark aboard.
Racing manager, Jack Bruce, said. Samadoubt has accepted for the $350,000 group 3 Sky High Stakes, (2000m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
"The Albury Cup is on the radar but he is racing in the Sky High at Rosehill on Saturday," Bruce said.
"So we will have to see how he pulls-up and make a decision then."
Nominations for the Albury Cup close on Monday with weights declared the following day.
The final field will be announced on Wednesday.
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