Saturday’s Silver Shadow Stakes winner Pane In The Glass may have made a promising return to racing for the season, but trainer John Thompson has ruled the Nathan Tinkler-owned filly out of contention for the opening Group 1 race of the spring – the 2011 Golden Rose.
The $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) kicks off elite level racing during the Sydney Spring Carnival on October 9 and despite Australia’s premier bookmaker Luxbet having Pane In The Glass installed as a $15 chance in their futures markets, Thompson has indicated the Testa Rossa three-year-old will stick to the fillies-only races this campaign.
“We won’t run her in the Golden Rose,” Thompson confirmed on Saturday.
Pane In The Glass was one of last season’s most promising and well-performing juveniles.
Debuting in Brisbane back in November, she went on to take out the Inglis Nursery – Inglis Classic double in Sydney, winning the second by a devastating six lengths.
Her next four runs would all be at Group level, Pane In The Glass finishing in the money every time.
Starting with a third behind the Gai Waterhouse-trained Shared Reflections in the Group 3 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm, Pane In The Glass went on to run second to Altar in the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) before her two elite level placings behind Peter Snowden’s Helmet in the Group 1 AJC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.
“Pane In The Glass was probably the best two-year-old filly last season but when she went for a spell she still had not won a stakes race,” Thompson said.
Resuming for her new season debut on Saturday, Pane In The Glass ($3.20) was able to record her first black-type victory when Craig Williams rode her to a close half-head win over the David Payne-trained Florentina ($7) in the $125,000 Group 3 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m), Guy Walter’s Streama finishing the same margin away third.
“I’m happy we have got this stakes win out of the way and she is only going to improve with this run,” Thompson said.
Thriving in the bog conditions of the Heavy (9) rated Warwick Farm track on Saturday, Pane In The Glass showed much improvement after she suffered a career worst defeat there in the Sweet Embrace.
“She didn’t run up to her best at her only previous run here, so that did concern us,” Thompson said on Saturday.
“I thought if they were ever going to beat her, it would be today.”
With an impressive juvenile record and now three-year-old win to match, Pane In The Glass has emerged as a genuine Group 1 hope this spring.
She will, however, be restricted to racing against her own type which rules out the 2011 Golden Rose.
The Silver Shadow Stakes was the opening leg of the Princess Series of races during the Sydney Carnival, and this is the path Thompson intends to follow with Pane In The Glass who will progress through until the culminating showdown – the $400,000 Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on October 1, Epsom Handicap Day.
“She will be kept to the Princess Series of races through to the Flight Stakes,” Thompson said.
There is also a chance Pane In The Glass will head interstate after the Flight Stakes to contest the $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield during the Melbourne Spring Carnival on October 12, for which she is rated a $15 chance to win.
At an equal price in the Thousand Guineas odds is Pane In The Glass’s stablemate, the fellow Tinkler-owned Kneeling who also enjoyed a stakes win on Saturday.
Encosta De Lago filly Kneeling ($5) held on in a gritty finish to beat home the Peter Moody-trained favourite Hallowell Belle ($2) by a nose in the $100,000 Listed Crockett Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.
Kneeling was ridden by ace hoop Michael Rodd in the Crockett Stakes, which was just her second start after she ran second on debut at Caulfield back in May.
“I was very excited about riding her today, she’s been working really well,” Rodd said on Saturday.
“For her at her second start to run down a filly of that quality (Hallowell Belle) says she’s got a big future.”
Stable foreman Glen Thompson confirmed that the 2011 Thousand Guineas was the primary spring target for Kneeling.
“The Thousand Guineas is our aim, but we’ll just take it one race at a time,” he said.
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