Bob Hawke was nonplussed. He’d just gotten off a typically eloquent speech in front of a claque of media, and no-one had a question for him.
After a Blue Diamond win at this track by two year-old Filly Earthquake, and a dominant Fillies Autumn in the rich two-year-olds events in Sydney, this season’s three-year-old Fillies start off their spring campaigns.
Though nothing in this field ventured north to Sydney in April for the Golden Slipper, Seven other two-year-old filles did, and amazingly finished in the first seven placings in that race. It is doubtful that will ever happen again but it emphasised just how dominant the Fillies were in the Autumn, with the icing on the cake, being the wins of Peggy Jean in the Sires Produce, and Go Indy Go in the Champagne Stakes.
Would have had definite claims of being a legitimate contender for the Slipper had she been entered. In her second last run before a spell at Moonee Valley she had Bring Me The Maid 2L astern of her, and that filly won the Magic Night Stakes, and was only 1.8L behind the winner in the Golden Slipper.
Prior to her spell she ventured to South Australia for the Sires Produce at Morphettville and comfortably accounted for Go Indy Go. As mentioned that filly went on to win the Champagne in Sydney in very impressive style. Also behind her at Moonee Valley was a colt named Orujo.
She recently won very well first up at Sandown and defeated some very handy older horses in the process. The filly is a daughter of Magic Millions two year-old winner Lovely Jubbly and who’s to say she can’t better her mothers’ racetrack performances? She has certainly inherited her ability.
Has a very similar form line as London Lolly having beaten Go Indy Go at her last run before a spell. Prior to that, and on debut, she had finished second to Burgundy Blast who made it 2/2 to finish off his two year-old season. How good might that colt be?
This filly was recently beaten quite comfortably by her stalemate Get the Nod (runs in Vain Stakes) in a barrier trial, so not sure whether she will be quite at her best for this.
Could be something special if we take into account the time she ran last start, and the form out of that race. She ran identical time to the flying older horse Lord Of The Sky that day but actually easily bettered the figures of four year-oldmare Thiamandi who then went on to win a G3 race against the males.
That is a colossal form line now and it is franked even further by the realisation that third, fourth and fifth in that race have subsequently won. The runner up Zeletto had previously run super time (comparatively) winning at Werribee and the horse than finished second to it there (Zebulon) subsequently won at Flemington. The fact this filly has won here on a similar surface to what she is likely to encounter in this race, only adds to her winning claims.
Is unbeaten from two and has managed to beat the time of older horses on both occasions. She is yet to have beaten anything of note but she did beat Cristalina Lago into third place last time, and that filly had prior beaten the time of older horses by more than one second at Mornington. Runner up Marrakesh is yet to run again, but this filly has done everything right so far and both wins have been on wet tracks.
Was another that ran above average time on debut, and she did it here at this track. She then ventured north to Brisbane for the winter but had no luck when wide and was injured during the race (galloped on). She appeals as a chance here given she is a quality get back type and this race is loaded with natural speed. If the race pans out right for her she could be the one with the last crack at the leader.
That is a summary of what appear to be the best chances but it is a ‘deep race’ and because there is so much improvement possible in these younger horses, something else could very well make a name for itself.
I am selecting Royal Snitzel on top with her residual fitness, but only just ahead of London Lolly largely because both have won in the Melbourne Metro area, and have the form lines to suggest they are going to be top class. Whatever happens I’m expecting a faster time posted here in comparison to the Colts and Geldings in the Vain Stakes.
Time will tell.
1. Royal Snitzel
2. London Lolly
4. Novel Dancer