Canterbury Race 1: 1st ($1.50): With a pedigree; Frankel x Samantha Miss, this blue blood filly will always attract attention from every facet of racing. Beaten on debut by Cristobal who we have a lot of time for, she stepped out as a $1.50 favourite in a three-horse field Canterbury maiden and won accordingly, almost un-touched.
She demonstrated brilliant sustained speed in the lead and looked comfortable doing so. The overall race time of 1:04.50s rated well on the day. What is perhaps most impressive about this win is the amount of improvement this filly still has to come after parading nowhere near her top.
In what looks to be a weak year for 3yo sprinters, this blue blood could really stand up and be counted. Tough to guess her ideal distance range, but on breeding you’d have to think up to 1600m is not out of her reach. Accordingly, she’s installed as a short Flight Stakes favourite already.
Caulfield Race 5: 2nd ($6): With the blinkers off over 1100m, the now 4yo son of Fastnet Rock may have been having a look around at Caulfield this past weekend. This was backed up in the parade. Parading well below his top after the 17-week spell, he has stacks of improvement to come.
There were not negatives in his performance however. Coming from a less than ideal back and wide position in-run, the colt clocked the fastest final 600m of his race (33.81s, only runner breaking 40s) including a blistering 10.91s 400-200m split. These times stack up extremely well relative to the older horses over the track and trip in race 3.
His record over the short trips, 4:3-1-0 below 1200m, is outstanding. However, as a more mature type, 1400m+ looks his go. Excited to see him step up in trip with a better fitness base next start.
Randwick Race 5: 3rd ($7.50): Yet another new 3yo that looks set for big things later this preparation. She’s a brilliant type who paraded far less forward than her most recent (phenomenal) trial win suggested. Despite this, she charged through the pack late after being disappointed for a run on the outside. This could’ve been a blessing in disguise given the pattern of the day.
This run and the two trials (900m and 1045m) gives her a superior fitness base in comparison to many 3yo fillies running around in the early season. This is imperative when she undoubtedly steps out to a more suitable 1400m journey soon. Just needs a surface conducive to her run-on pattern and she should be winning next start.
Already a listed winner in the Fernhill over 1600m, she’s proven over the extra furlong too. $41 for the Thousand Guineas seems huge odds for a stable firing on all cylinders with the new season 3yo’s.
Flight Stakes ($18)