Mar 01, 2018
NEWCASTLE: Thursday, March 1, 2018: PROMISING filly Miss Fabulass is ready to make a last-ditch bid to perhaps claim a Golden Slipper Stakes berth.
The bluebood youngster (Frankel – Samantha Miss) was responsible for an outstanding debut performance at Rosehill Gardens yesterday, flying home from the rear to almost snatch the 2YO Maiden Handicap (1100m) against her own sex.
“Miss Fabulass has come through the race well and will start next in the Magic Night Stakes in a fortnight,” Kris Lees said this afternoon.
The Group 3 Magic Night (1200m) for two-year-old fillies at Rosehill on March 17 is run at set weights and is the last opportunity for the “girls” to gain a back door entry into the $3.5m Group 1 Golden Slipper over the same course there a week later.
Whilst the Magic Night winner automatically gains exemption from a Slipper ballot, Lees is not getting ahead of himself – at least not yet.
“If she won the Magic Night, we would have to weigh everything up,” he said.
Miss Fabulass’ dam did not make the Golden Slipper field in 2008, but then ran second to Slipper winner Sebring in the Randwick Sires (1400m) before turning the tables on him in the Champagne Stakes (1600m).
Miss Fabulass went within a whisker of giving Lees a Rosehill treble yesterday (he also scored with Provincial Championships contenders Waimea Bay and Reach For Heaven), and came on top of good news with Singing earlier in the day.
A Parramatta Cup failure at Rosehill last Saturday after three wins in succession (two In Brisbane and then the Gosford Gold Cup), Singing was diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia.
“Thankfully, Singing recovered fairly quickly and I was able to trial him at Gosford yesterday morning, and he trialled really well,” Lees said.
Singing (Andrew Gibbons) ran second to well-performed sprinter Shiraz in the 1000m Open trial in 1.02.88 (last 600m in 35.83s) on a heavy track, and was given the “green light” by stewards to resume his racing career.
“I’ll nominate him for the Randwick City Stakes (2000m) on Saturday week, and monitor his progress before making a decision on a start,” Lees said.
Last year’s NJC Spring Stakes winner and Randwick Guineas runner-up Invincible Gem (Corey Brown) also won a Gosford 1000m trial, in which her stablemate Sugar Bella (Aaron Bullock) ran third.
Invincible Gem is likely to resume in Saturday week’s Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick, with Lees also running Doncaster Mile hopeful Clearly Innocent.
Sugar Bella, unbeaten from three starts since joining Lees’ team, also runs at Randwick on Saturday week in the Group 3 Wenona Girl Quality (1200m) against her own sex.
Triple Group 1 winner Le Romain (Brown) ran third to Great Job in another 1000m trial at Gosford, but is still a few weeks away from resuming.
His autumn target is the $600,000 Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick at the end of the carnival.