Les Bridge has a new stable star in the making with his improving five-year-old Jersey Lily getting prepared for Group 1 glory, the 2011 Coomore Classic her next major assignment after the mare won the $100,000 Listed Wiggle Quality (1400m) at Warwick Farm last Saturday.
Going out as the $5 second elect, Jersey Lily produced a gritty run to the line in the Wiggle Quality to beat home Turnstiles ($10) by a long head while $1.90 favourite Kiss From A Rose finished three lengths away third.
Jersey Lily was coming off a last start third to Montana Flyer in the Group 3 Millie Fox Quality (1300m) on February 26.
The daughter of Catbird is a multiple Group placegetter having run third in the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1400m) at Randwick last April and second to Culminate in the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) during the spring.
Post-race Bridge named the $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 19 as the next aim for Jersey Lily.
The 2011 Coolmore Classic will be the mare’s first Group 1 test.
Back in 2008 her stablemate Hot Danish ran a game second to Eskimo Queen in that year’s Coolmore Classic.
Bridge’s classy daughter of Nothin’ Leica Dane Hot Danish will defend her title in the Group 2 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at the Coolmore Classic meeting.
Nominations for both the Coolmore Classic and the Canterbury Stakes close next Monday March 14 followed by the final field of acceptors on Wednesday March 16.
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