T: Ciaron Maher / J: Mark Zahra
Last spring she was the dominant female in her age group. Three starts this time up suggest that mantle is up for grabs. Until last start, she hadn’t fired a shot but is up to a trip she appreciates this race. When she is on song she can swamp this lot. Her last start, which was at Gr 1 level, especially the final 200m, was a BIG eye-opener as she looks like she might be nearing her best.
T: Mick Price / J: Mick Dee
This is a high quality, impeccably bred filly with great talent. She ran her race in patches when resuming and 3rd to Unforgotten in that Gr 2 Phar Lap Stakes. But none of that occurred last start when she led throughout to dominate the Gr 1 Vinery Stud Stakes over 2000m, turning the tables on Unforgotten. Many of those she beat easily are in this. Looks the testing material.
T: Chris Waller / J: Hugh Bowman
Looked very plain this grade when resuming from a spell behind Shoals, but wow, what a turnaround in the Gr 2 Phar Lap Stakes. She sat back last then just unleashed running past the boys and a couple of very smart boys at that. Then did the same thing, being the one most impressively dashing home from the rear when 2nd to Hiyaam in Gr 1 Vinery stud Stakes. Trip looks ideal.
T: Michael & Matty Pitman / J: Chris Johnson
This is the benchmark Kiwi filly. She’s their best and her past two runaway wins at Gr 2 then Gr 1 level in the NZ Oaks support that. She’s as strong as an ox and should be right in the fray at the end here.
T: John Sargent / J: Kerrin McEvoy
Might be a potential superstar. Gets back and runs home like a train, but more importantly, runs home and knows she has to win. Both wins past 2 starts have been extremely brave efforts. Is super fit now, super healthy and will run this journey out. BIG danger.
T: Tony McEvoy / J: Luke Currie
Good, honest campaigner this grade who fights hard to the end every time. Saying that, she has been handled by these types of rivals past 2 starts and question mark about her attitude. Did place in the Gr 1 VRC Oaks last spring.
T: Graeme Rogerson / J: Criag Williams
Looked great in New Zealand beating her age and sex at Gr 3 level, then chased home the star Kiwi filly Savvy Coup when 2nd in the Gr 1 NZ Oaks. Clearly can stay but big questions as to whether Kiwi form this year is as good as ours. Place show.
T: Chris Gibbs / J: Michael Walker
This might be handy although was plain final 100m at Aussie debut in Gr 1 Vinery Stud Stakes when 5th last start. Is lightly raced but after winning her maiden, she was sent to stakes grade and has performed very impressively since, with a 3rd for example in the always VERY strong NZ Derby. Loves to stay and maybe that one run here will turn her on.
T: Kris Lees / J: Jason Collett
This is a high quality, emerging star filly with Kris Lees. Hit line well in last week’s Gr 3 Adrian Knox behind Luvaluva when beaten half a length into 3rd. Gives impression this trip will suit but let’s be honest, she got 7kg off Luvaluva last week and this time – they have equal weight.
T: Tony Pike / J: Damian Lane
Another Kiwi invader and one that has performed below the top 3 in her country. Ran in the Gr 3 Adrian Knox last week and was 6th – Luvaluva racing past her while carrying 6.5kg more. They have equal weight this time. So…place hope at best.
T: Mick Price / J: Damien Oliver
Another with staying talent as shown in much, much weaker grade. Did, however, run 5th in the Gr 1 VRC Oaks back in spring at $201. Got back to near last at Gr 1 level last start and only plain in run home when 9th to Hiyaam. No.
T: Nigel Blackiston / J: Rhys McLeod
Not many win by 7 lengths at their 3rd race start which she did, but it was in maiden grade and on a slow track. Not keen against this quality.
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T: Mick Kent / J: Dwayne Dunn
Another with staying talent as shown in much, much weaker grade win last start. Again it was a maiden but she roared away to win by nearly 5 lengths. This is too tough too soon.